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    Merrill’s Marauders Proud Descendants are the descendants, family members and friends of men who fought in a forgotten land, during World War II. These men risked their lives and their futures, and many made the ultimate sacrifice fighting behind the Japanese lines in Burma. This site is dedicated to the memory of all Merrill’s Marauders, those who returned, and those who did not.

    Our nation owes them much!

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    Gov. Scott Walker Attends 2013 Reunion

    Gov. Scott Walker gave the keynote speech at the 2013 Merrill’s Marauders reunion in Milwaukee. The Governor posed for pictures and signed autographs for the Marauders, Proud Descendants, and other attendees.

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    A Marauder Displays His Flag

    Marauder, and Marauder Historian, Robert “Bob” Passanisi,. was in Co. A, 5307th, Red Combat Team, HHC 1st Battalion, 475th, and is a member of the Ranger Hall of Fame.

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    The Fightin’ Preacher – Get Your Copy Now!

    True story of an ordinary man who accomplished extraordinary feats. Drafted out of Bible School, Col. Logan E. Weston (U.S. Army) served in 3 world wars through unbelievable circumstances. He was one of the leaders of the Merrill’s Marauders Unit in the China – Burma – India Theatre in WWII.  He was a very heavily decorated warrior in American military history, and also one of the first inductees into the renown Ranger Hall of Fame… Courage, Duty, Honor and Sacrifice. Very inspiring and unique award-winning book.

Welcome to the Merrill's Marauders Proud Descendants Association Website.

Important Marauder Book Re-Printed!

A True American Hero – “The Fightin’ Preacher”

His God called him to preach.
His country called him to fight.
His men called him …
“The Fightin’ Preacher”

Colonel Logan E. Weston, U.S. Army (Deceased) was a veteran of three wars: World War II, Korean and Vietnam. He went from Guadalcanal and new Georgia in World War II, to volunteer with the renowned “Merrill’s Marauders” in Burma, through Korea with the  “Wolfhounds” and onto the build-up of the Vietnam War. Drafted out of Bible College, his faith in God sustained him even was he was deep in enemy country. His unwavering devotion to the God he loved and the country he served earned him a larger-than-life reputation and the undying devotion from his men. A very heavily decorated war hero in U.S. military history he has received many awards and citations. His commendations included the Distinguished Service Cross, Legion of Merit, Silver Stars, Bronze Stars, Purple Hearts, and Combat Infantryman Badges, and more. Col. Weston is a member of the Inaugural class of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA. This is the true and inspiring story of the honor,  courage and faith of a great American hero.

“This is a story of Duty and Honor, Sacrifice and Accomplishment of a great American Patriot. Colonel Weston survived 3 wars under unbelievable and adverse circumstances. His faith in God sustained him throughout those trying times and he has been an inspiration to his men and his many comrades, his many friends, and his
family.” -CPT Phillip B. Piazza, USA, Original President of Merrill’s Marauder Association

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Now Available!

Cost $20 (includes S/H).  Bulk rate discounts are available. Part of the proceeds from each book sold through Merrill’s Marauders Proud Descendants will be donated to the association. Autobiography, Military, History, Inspirational 6” x 9” Paperback: 312 pages, color cover, black and white art and photos.

Send check to: Sherry Cowling, 77 Via Larga Vista, Bonsall, CA  92003; mcowling07@hotmail.com

Please reference this website when ordering, in order to benefit the MMPD Association!

Want to help promote this wonderful book, and gain proceeds for the Merrill’s Marauders Proud Descendants Association? Click the following link to download the flyer and distribute as you please! Thanks! Downloadable-fightin-preacher-flyer.

Shop for Gear!

All proceeds from the sale of the merchandise in the store go to the continued operation of
the Merrill’s Marauders Proud Descendants organization.

Visit the Merrill’s Marauders Online Store.

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Explore Marauder History!

spearhead-cover“A Complete History of Merrill’s Marauders Rangers”
By Dr. James E. T. Hopkins & John M. Jones
Available at Amazon.com
All proceeds from the sale of this book go to
The MERRILL’S MARAUDERS ASSOCIATION
740 pages, 28 maps, 52 photos, index. —

2017 Reunion at West Point!

ANNOUNCEMENT: West Point Agenda and Recommended Arrangements

(Posted February 13th, 2017)

To my fellow Descendants and of course, Marauders.

PLEASE read all the way through.  You MUST respond to ME by May 1, 2017 @ mmpdpres@gmail.com. I need to have a head count as hopefully I’ll have to book an additional bus/lunch seats!

The cost of the excursion comes to:  $75 per person and will include all gratuities. Send your $75 checks to:

MMPD C/O Jerrie Daly
7289 Mill Rd.
Centerville, MN 55038-9708

Travel: Everyone has to get to West Point on their own via planes, trains or automobile. Stewart International Airport is closest.

Hotels: Everyone must book their own hotel. See the hotel links attached. Note: Everyone must find their own way from the airport to their hotel.

www.hotels.com

www.booking.com

www.expedia.com

www.thethayerhotel.com

http://www.thewestpointmotel.com/

The following link takes you to a TripAdvisor list of the hotels closest to West Point: https://www.tripadvisor.com/HotelsNear-g48855-d186206-United_States_Military_Academy-West_Point_New_York.html

Itinerary for Friday, August 4th visit to West Point:

On Friday Aug. 4th everyone must find their own way to:

10:00 am  Meet at West Point Visitors Center
Board Coach Bus
11:00 am   Arrive at West Point Cemetery Chapel
Posting of Colors by West Point Honor Guard
Short speech by West Point personnel
Short walk to Generals Merrill & Stillwell graves (very close to each other)
Placing of Wreaths on graves by Marauders in attendance
Gun Salute by West Point Drill Team
Return to Chapel for retiring of Colors by West Point Honor Guard
12:00 noon  Board coach bus
12:20 pm    Arrive at Thayer Hotel Restaurant for lunch

Buffet Lunch consists of:
4 cold salad choices with 2 dressing choices
Deli Lunch meats to make sandwiches with cold cuts/cheese/lettuce/tomato/onion/sliced pickle/sandwich spread and assorted breads and rolls
Entre choices of:
Fish/Seafood, pasta, Chicken, Pork or Beef, Starch & Vegetables
Desserts including:
Cakes/Pies/Cookies/Brownies
Beverages including:Coffee, Reg & De-Caf/Assorted Teas
Soft and Alcoholic drinks are individual cash purchase.

Itinerary Continued

1:30 pm    Board Coach Bus for
1 and 1/2 hour guided tour of the West Point Military Academy
3:30 pm    Returned to West Point Visitors Center

Everyone must find their own way back to their hotel/airport, etc.

The MMPD Association will pay for the Wreaths & the Marauders!

I do NOT expect a large turn out, actually I’m guessing no more than 50 participants since so many people must scatter for their own hotels and transportation needs (I’m already booked at “The INN on the HUDSON” about 9 miles outside of West Point and will be driving so I have no transportation issues.)

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Bob Menta
Pres.MMPD

mmpdpres@gmail.com

 

71st Annual Merrill’s Marauders Reunion

(Posted January 20th, 2017)

Plans are in the works so mark your calendars!

The date has been set — August 4, 2017 a tour of West Point is being set up with a visit to General Frank Merrill’s Grave. The MM’s and the MMPD Assoc. who attend will lay a wreath at his grave.westpointhdr

Changes to Reunion Format: This is not an organized reunion as has been done in the past. Forthcoming in the new year we will send out airport and hotel listings in the West Point area. It will be up to everyone individually to get there and make accommodations. We will take a head count of who will attend to make proper arrangements for the tour and set a luncheon afterwards that everyone will chip in to pay for. This is the new format.  At the West Point meeting, if it goes well and everyone who attends agrees, we’ll pick a destination for 2018 and use the same format.

Hope to see many of you at West Point.  Proud Descendant Bob Howland is working very hard to set this up and I am grateful to him.

God Bless you all,

Bob Menta

Pres. MMPD