Merrill, Weldon Bernard, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11B10, B Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
Service Years
1961 - 1968

Sergeant First Class

Two Service Stripes

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Mar 16, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory Cemetery - Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
45E 003

 Official Badges 

173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Infantry Shoulder Cord

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
  1967-1968, 11B10, B Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SFC Weldon Bernard Merrill, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Penrose, NC.

Sergeant First Class Weldon Bernard Merrill was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SFC Merrill served our country until March 16th, 1968 in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam. He was 26 years old and was married. It was reported that Weldon died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. He served three tours in Vietnam and was killed on his third tour. Weldon was born on March 12th, 1942 in Penrose, North Carolina. SFC Merrill is on panel 45E, line 003 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 6 years. He was also on his third tour of duty in Vietnam.

This time of year I always remember the ride we took that ended in the ditch in the lane. I had to borrow my uncle's tractor to pull us out. Ben Merrill.

THE TRANSYLVANIA TIMES, BREVARD NC, March 28, 1968. SFC Weldon Merrill Killed in Vietnam, Rites on Friday. Among 24 men listed by the Pentagon last week as casualties in Vietnam Combat was SFC Weldon B Merrill of Brevard, who was killed on March 16th. He was serving with B Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry. SFC Merill was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device for heroism in action on November 13 of last year. While under heavy mortar fire, on that date, he directed fire-fighting operations to extinguish a fire in a bunker which was loaded with ammunition. The bunker was in danger of exploding without warning and due to SFC Merrill's efforts, a possible disaster was averted.

Surviving are his wife, Billie Janette Lowery Merrill of Brevard; and one son, Raymond, age 2, His parents, Mr and Mrs Hall E Merrill of Penrose; one brother; Donald E Merrill Penrose; three sisters, Mrs Joy Drake of Penrose and Misses Melba and Rebecca Merrill of the home; his paternal grandfather, Jim Merrill of Penrose and maternal grandfather, John VeHoun of Spartanburg, SC

Funeral Services wil be conducted at Little River Baptist church on Friday at 2:00pm with the Reverend Hartsell Grubbs and Reverend Ramon Ergle officiating. Burial will be in Pisgah Gardens, where military rites will be conducted. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to the services. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00pm Thursday night at Moore Funeral Home, who is in charge of the arrangements.

Weldon was born March 12, 1942 in Spartanburg, SC to Hall Ewart and Marjorie Mae VeHaun Merrill. He had one brother Donald lee, and three sisters Patricia Joy, Melba Jean, and Marjorie Rebecca Merrill. Weldon grew up in little River community of Transylvania County. He was a member of Little River Baptist Church. He attended Little River School, Penrose Elementary, Brevard High school graduating in the class of 1960. Weldon was known by many that called him by his nickname "Digger". After graduating, he worked with his Dad in the Hall Merrill Well Drilling business, before enlisting in the Army. He spent four years in the 101st. Airborne before being honorably discharged. He married Billie Janette Lowery, February 13, 1965. They lived in Virginia for a short time. They had one child Raymond Hall Merrill born, February 14, 1966. Weldon reenlisted in the Army later in 1966. He was assigned to "B" Co. 503rd. Infantry 173rd. Airborne. They lived in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky until he received his orders to serve in Vietnam. He received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart while there. Weldon died March 16, 1968 while fighting for our country. Weldon said he wanted a better world for the next generations to grow up in. Weldon was a very brave, courageous, loving, and caring Husband, Father, Son, Brother, and Friend. His son Raymond Hall (Merrill) Roper married Virginia Cheek and they have two girls, Ashley Roper and Megan Roper. Submitted by: Joy Merrill Drake (sister), Penrose, NC

He was the husband of Mrs Billie J Merrill, 334 French Broad Street, Brevard, NC.

He served with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, USARV.

He was awarded Army Jump Wings Insignia, The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal(s), the Army Achievement Medal and The Army Commendation Medal.

Home of Record: Penrose, NC
Date of birth: 03/12/1942

Service: Army of the United States
Grade at loss: E6
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Note: Posthumous Promotion as indicated
ID No: 14750229
MOS: 11B4P: Infantryman (Airborne Qual)
Length Service: 06

Start Tour: 06/04/1967
Incident Date: 03/16/1968
Casualty Date: 03/16/1968
Age at Loss: 26
Location: , South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire


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