Marvin Louis Merritt was born in Marble City to Justus Worth Merritt and Anna Bell Porter. Siblings: Earl T. “Jack” Merritt, Noah C. Merritt, Harold L. Merritt, and Alice R. Merritt. He enlisted on July 29, 1944, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA

311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division, Company B

Died March 14, 1945, in Germany.
Buried at Piney Grove Cemetery, Knoxville.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 30 March 1945
Pvt. Marvin L. Merritt was fatally wounded in action in Germany on March 13 and died the next day, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Merritt, Francis Road, have been notified. Only 19, young Merritt entered service just eight months ago and went overseas two months ago. He was with the Ninth Army and was reported missing in action on Feb. 7 when his unit was cut off from its command. The unit later made contact wit hits main forces. Pvt. Merritt was a graduate of Karns High and a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church. Two brothers are in service, Cpl. Noah Merritt in Panama and Seaman Howard Merritt, in training. A third brother, Jack Merritt was overseas for 26 months before being discharged.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 28 January 1926
  • Date of death: 14 March 1945
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Piney Grove Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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