Grave marker for John T. Merkel in the Sacred Heart
Cemetery, Phoenixville (Chester county), Pennsylvania
John enlisted in the Army
at Philadelphia, PA on 1 April 1943.
His early service may have
included assignment to Service Company, 194th GIR.
T/5 Merkel appears as a member of the 508th PIR in August
1945 when he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.