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Modern Era Photos of Men of The 508th

Louis Mendez
undated photo taken at a 508th reunion
(courtesy Heimer Swanson)

Slow Down!
1954 - MSgt Rock Merritt and NC State Trooper were assigned to nab speeders on highway to Ft Bragg.
   Rock was the battalion Sergeant Major, 2nd Bn, 504th PIR at the time.

Command Sgt Major Kenneth Merritt
is greeted by Lt. Gen. William C. Westmoreland, then Commander, XVIII Airborne Corps and Ft. Bragg during Honor Guard Ceremonies at the Main Post Parade Field, 13 Jan 1964
(official US Army photograph)

Kenneth R. "Rock" Merritt, Command Master Sgt. with 35 years of service (Biography)

Rock Merritt

President, 1980 Reunion
(courtesy of Static Line)

Ralph Boroughs [r] and Rock Merritt [l]
shared a table at a 508th reunion
Kenneth "Rock" Merritt
sporting his 82nd Airborne tie at the Airborne Awards Week, April 2008

CSM Kenneth J. Merritt
at the 2008 reunion, Fayetteville NC

General Omar Bradley
was another dignitary that Rock had a chance to meet Taken at the Association of The United States Army (AUSA) meeting in the Sheraton Park Hotel, Washington DC, 1977.  Rock brought the men named  "Soldier of The Year" by each of 16 major commands at Bragg to the  meeting and Gen Bradley wanted to meet all of them.
   Gen Bradley was the last surviving five-star commissioned officer of the United States and the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
(courtesy Bill Goudy collection)

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