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    Paul Mark Merriman, Veteran, USMC - WWII, Houston, Texas - 22 Jun 2017

    Paul Mark Merriman, Veteran

    USMC - WWII

    Houston, Texas - 22 Jun 2017



    ABOUT THE MISSION:

    Paul was born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 11, 1927, died on June 3, 2017. Paul joined the United States Marine Corps at age 17 and proudly served his country in WWII as an infantry rifleman with the Twenty-Eighth Marine Regiment who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. Mr. Merriman was wounded in combat there and received the Purple Heart. After WWII, he worked at General Electric Company then moved with his family to Houston in 1970 to purchase HISCO, an industrial supply company. He helped to build it to its present size and retired in 1998, turning the company over to the 240 employees/owners with a very successful Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

    Paul would like to be remembered as an active and cheerful man. He was a ham radio operator W5SKM, runner of 13 marathons, jogger/walker who covered 51,789 miles, Shade Tree Mechanic, persevering gardener, WWII speaker, and slow learning piano player. We'll miss him, and his contributions from "The Greatest Generation". Paul was predeceased by wife, Patricia, his wonderful wife for 58 years. Paul is survived by his seven children. Pauls’ ashes will be with me on the back of my bike as we make our way to the shelter. He thought I was awesome to ride such a big bike “for a girl!”

    PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 22 Jun 2017

    Primary Staging Time: 12:30 P.M.
    Parking lot behind hemicycle at Houston National Cemetery
    10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
    Houston, Texas - 77038

    Ride Captain:
    Jan Baughman
    George Pelkey
    S.V.: Mark King

    Special Instructions:
    Briefing Time: 1:15 PM
    In Position: 1:45 PM

    Flags & Water:
    Flags Will Be Provided
    If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
    Water will be provided.

    Submitted By: JOHN GOFF
    Position: Assistant State Captain



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    My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, USMC, WWII Veteran, Paul Mark Merriman. We thank you for your service to a grateful nation, may your family find peace in knowing you served proudly and comfort in the months to come. May you rest in peace for your mission is now complete. I salute you.

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    F.C. White, Sr. Tech 5, US Army, WWII (Father)
    F.C. White, Jr. SSgt, US Air Force, Viet Nam (Brother)
    D.B. White Petty Officer 2nd Class, US Navy Seabee, Viet Nam Era Vet (Twin)
    "We Build/We Fight", "Seabee's Can Do"
    D. Thompson, Master Chief Petty Officer, US Navy (Ret), Korean War (Uncle)
    A. Thompson, Sergeant, US Marine Corps, Korean War (Uncle)
    G. Thompson, Private, US Army, WWI (Grandpa)



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    May You Rest in God's Arms, Warrior.
    S. Roger "Goose" Dollinger, SRC.
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    "Non Sibi Sed Patriae"

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    My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Paul Mark Merriman. May your faith give you strength. May your memories give you comfort. May GOD'S love give you peace. Thank you Paul for your service.
    Karen (kerrybell) Trone
    If you are going to worry then don't pray...
    If you are going to pray then don't worry !!
    For I know the plans I have for you....
    Jeremiah 29:11

    Live simply. Love generously.
    Care deeply. Speak kindly.
    Leave the rest to God.

    Earth has no sorrows that heaven cannot heal.

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    May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always
    We fought a revolution. We won the revolution. We wrote the Constitution.
    The constitution doesn’t grant power, it keeps the government off our backs.


    Ron "Smokey" Wasmuth
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    Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1040 (Life member), Vietnam Veterans of Brevard (Life member), American Legion Post 4 (Lakeland)

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    Our Lord in PSALMS 91 we are told, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart”. In John 11:25 Jesus said: "Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die". I also pray you will comfort the family of this warrior as they mourn. Give them the strength to understand your wisdom. AMEN

    Paul E. Lewey, US Army 1968 – 1979
    Riding in Memory of:
    Patricia Jella-Pierson USAF – my wife
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    My wife and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of Your Hero.
    Rest in Peace, you will not be forgotten.

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    Prayers outbound for the family and friends . Thank you for your service to our country and Corps . Central Georgia Detachment 1373 Marine Corps League . Rest in Peace . Semper Fi , Brothers .
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    I am honored to be allowed to render Honors for the passing of this American Hero, Paul Mark Merriman, Veteran, World War II, United States Marine Corps. Together with local Patriot Guard Riders, l render honors for his interment. I offer my condolences to his family and friends.

    Henry (Skip) L. Haberkamp III, CWO US Army Ret
    Far West Texas Patriot Guard Riders
    Riding with Respect.

    JUST A COMMON MARINE
    (from A Marine Died Today)
    by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

    He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
    Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

    And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
    All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
    But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
    And the world's a little poorer, for a Marine died today.

    He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
    For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
    Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
    And the world won't note his passing, though a Marine died today.

    When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
    Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
    But the passing of a Marine goes unnoticed and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
    A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
    Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

    A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
    Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
    While the ordinary Marine, who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

    It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
    That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
    It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
    Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
    Or would you prefer a Marine, who has sworn to defend
    His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

    He was just a common sailor and his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
    For when countries are in conflict, then we find the sailor’s part
    Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
    Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
    Our Country is in mourning, for a Marine died today.

    Riding for SP5 Alice G. Haberkamp., USA, Retired
    1951 - 2015

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    My Family and I send our condolences to the Family and friends of a True American Hero. You will be in our thoughts and Prayers over the coming days. Your Hero’s Service and Sacrifice to our Country can never be forgotten.
    Harry “Bantam” Trawick
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    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to: "The United States of America" for any amount, up to and including my life".

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    Rest in honored peace my Marine brother.

    Semper Fidelis.
    Semper Fi!

    Mack
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    9th Marines, Vietnam 65-66
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    A hero has fallen. It is time for us to mourn their passing, secure in the
    knowledge that their service and sacrifice shall not be forgotten. We mourn
    with their family and friends, knowing that they will find peace in the arms
    of the Lord.
    Hero, your watch is done, you can stand down now. We now have the watch.


    MIA/POW's you are not forgotten.


    "Hotwheel," Cisco, Texas


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    Crew Chief Eddy J. Pearman USAAC/USAF Korea
    Radio Operator Duane Duncan USMC Vietnam


    Semper Fi

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    My wife and I offer our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of an American hero. We pray that God gives you peace and strength to carry on in this difficult time. We are proud to honor the service this hero unselfishly gave for our great nation.


    Please know that the prayers of so many people are with you and your family. I hope that you can find some solace in knowing that your loss is shared so deeply.


    Jim Jackson
    Arkansas Ride Captain



    Riding in memory of:
    My father Paul Jackson, US Army WWII

    My grandfather Howard Jackson, US Army WWI
    My grandfather Neill Garrett, US Army WWI

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    I offer my condolences to the family and friends of this WWII HERO who will not be forgotten. Rest in peace forever free.
    ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL.

    They may take my LIFE, but they will NEVER take my FREEDOM!

    "It is accomplished by the few for the many - FREEDOM!" Harley Harrold

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    Volunteer Fire Fighter for 16+ years.

    Riding in memory of the Vietnam War, that it will NOT be repeated.

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    FREE MEN OWN GUNS, SLAVES DO NOT!

    ENGLISH by birth, AMERICAN by choice, SOUTHERN by the grace of God.

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    My Motto: "RIDE HARD OR STAY ON THE PORCH!"

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    My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this American Hero, a grateful nation mourns your loss. Find peace, strength and comfort in the knowledge that your fallen hero gave unselfishly of themselves in order to keep us all free and safe. Your brave warrior will never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing your loved one with all of us, their sense of duty and honor will live on for generations to come. God Bless you our Hero for a job well done.Stand down and rest in peace.




    As I sit in Heaven, and watch you every day,
    I try to let you know with signs, I never went away.
    I hear you when you're laughing, and watch you while you sleep,
    I even place my arms around you, to calm you as you weep.
    I see you wish the days away, begging to have me home,
    So I try to send you signs, so you know you are not alone.
    Don't feel guilty that you have life, that was denied to me,
    Heaven is truly beautiful, just you wait and see.
    So live your life, laugh again, enjoy yourself, be free,
    Then I know with every breath you take, you'll be taking one for me.
    Rev. Rick Hensel
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    My Son, Staff Sgt. Christopher Hensel, USA (AD), Korea, OIF, OEF
    My Step Son, PO1 Ralph Clarke, USN (R)
    In memory of:
    My Father, Frederick (Red) Hensel Sr., NY National Guard
    My Cousin, Richard Hensel, USA, Korea
    My Cousin, Sgt Edward Hensel, USA, Honor Guard, Arlington National Cemetery
    My Uncle, Donald Hensel, USA, Korea
    My Uncle, Harold Hensel, USA, WWII
    My Uncle, Sgt William (Bill) Hensel, USA, WWII

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    It is with heavy heart that I offer sincere condolences to the family of yet another American Hero.

    May the memories of your Hero carry you through the days and years to come.

    Rest in Peace My Brother…

    As we of the United States Navy say… Fair Winds and Following Seas, we have the Watch…
    Nick 'Mustang' Young
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    Jacksonville, FL

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    USS Flatley (FFG-21)
    USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG-7)
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    USNR Retired

    Riding in Memory of:
    JOCS Nicholas P. Young, Sr. USN (Ret)
    Father and Hero (Korea and Vietnam)
    MGST Joseph Young USA (Ret)
    Uncle
    AVCM Mike Burn USN (Ret)
    FLASC, Friend

    Standing By to Render Honors...

    God Bless America and The Troops

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    My wife and I offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of our departed Hero. We are grateful to this Veteran and this family, for all of the sacrifices that were made to protect us, and preserve our freedoms. May your faith and your fond memories be your guiding light in this time of sorrow.

    I stand....
    In memory of my PGR Brother - Mark Schroeder - March 28, 2016
    In honor of my active duty son - Ben Hirsch - U.S. Navy
    In appreciation of all who earned my freedom.

    Jeff Hirsch

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