Charles Albert Merritt was born in Cleveland, OH, in 1916 to Charles Franklin Merritt and Jessie Louise Willis Merritt. Siblings: Emmaly Merritt and Phillip R. Merritt. Moved to Knoxville sometime between 1920 and 1930. He enlisted on January 10, 1941, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA

Buried at Rhone American Cemetery in Draguignan (Var), France

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 10 September 1944
Pvt. Charles A. Merritt, son of Mrs. Jessie L. Merritt, 206 Henegar Street, was reported killed in France on Aug. 17. He volunteered in 1941 and had been overseas two years with the cavalry. He formerly was employed by Albers Drug Company. Beside his mother, Pvt. Merritt is survived by a brother, Pfc. Philip Merritt, witht he Engineer’s Company Division; and a sister, Mrs. J.H. Madden.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 30 January 1916
  • Date of death: 17 August 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 117th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Rhone American Cemetery, Draguignan (Var), France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
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