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|67k||Ens. Howard Deel Merrill, born 16 December 1917 at Provo, Utah, was appointed midshipman at the Naval Academy 25 June 1936. Commissioned ensign 6 June 1940, he reported for duty in USS Arizona 2 July. He was declared dead as of 7 December 1941, as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.|
USS Merrill (DE 392) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
|Richard L. Lemoine|
|43k||The ship's sponsor Miss Dorothy E. Merrill, Ens. Merrill's sister, and other family members at the ship's christening|
|44k||Lt. Cmdr. Irvin J. Stephens USCG, Merrill's first Commanding Officer|
|43k||Merrill was crewed entirely by Coast Guardsmen. Richard's uncle, Lt. Cmdr. Sidney K. Broussard, USCG, survived the sinking of Hamilton, and was a plank owner, the 1st Executive Officer, and Merrill's 2nd Commanding Officer.|
|44k||pen and ink drawing of Merrill|
|71k||undated wartime image||Jerry Church|
|44k||undated wartime image||Richard L. Lemoine|
|89k||crewmembers standing on the fantail|
|56k||above, crewmembers having a beer, 1944
below, having a beer 40 years later, 1984
Booklet 2 March 1973
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