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Hospital Apprentice, Second Class
Hospital Corps, USNR, US Navy

William Joseph Merrill

Service No.: 6598075
Ship Assignment: USS LST531
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William Joseph Merrill was born in 1926 in Virginia. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lee Merrill, who resided at 5600 Essex Circle, Norfolk, Virginia.

William served as a Hospital Apprentice Second Class (service number 6598073) in the United States Naval Reserve (USNR). At a young age, he displayed a profound commitment to his country by enlisting in the Navy during World War II.

USS LST-531 and Exercise Tiger

During Exercise Tiger , William was aboard the USS LST-531 when his ship was attacked in the early hours of April 28, and sunk by German E-boats in the English Channel. This tragic event led to significant loss of life, including William’s.

Honours and Memorials

Initially listed as “Missing in Action” on April 28, 1944, William’s death was declared on April 29, 1944. He was just 18 years old at the time of his passing.

William is memorialized in several prominent locations:

In recognition of his ultimate sacrifice, William was awarded the Purple Heart. His legacy continues through his family, including his niece, Cynthia Doss.

William Joseph Merrill’s story is a poignant reminder of the bravery and sacrifice made by so many young men and women during World War II. His dedication to his country and his memory will forever be honoured.