Grave marker for Kenneth W. Merrill in
Section. J, Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing (Ingham county), Michigan.
Kenneth enlisted in the Army at Kalamazoo, MI on 9 July
1941 and indicated that he was married. In fact, he had married
Lucille Beilfuss [1915-1986] at Christ Lutheran Church in Lansing
(Ingham), MI four months earlier on 10 May. She lies beside him
Application for Headstone or marker for Kenneth's grave shows that he
had been inducted (see obverse side) on 7 July 1941 but
relieved and transferred to the ERC [Enlisted Reserve Corps, i.e., Army
Despite that entry, Morning Report of 27 January 1943 shows Pfc Merrill
had been attached to the 508th Band from the 505th, Fort Benning GA.
He was relieved from attachment status to assigned permanently on 15
A variety of less important entries occur during the course of 1943 and
his rank transitioned to T/5 somewhere between March and October.
Unfortunately, Band Morning Reports for April and May were all "No
Change" and then Band reports ceased.
Again based on this application, T/5 Merrill was discharged on 1 October
1945 but recalled to active duty, presumably for service during the
Korean Conflict although that period hasn't been ticked in the upper