Thanks to the efforts of Lt. Tom Mahlum (ret.), Mike Alden, Bob "Doc" Alosio, Tom Wiseman, and others, LCpl. Dennis Merryman was awarded (28 SEP 2010) the Bronze Star with Combat "V" (posthumously) for action against the enemy on 5 MAR 1969 during OPERATION TAYLOR COMMON (see the notification of award at the link below). Their collective efforts over many years to see their fallen brother honored forty plus years after his death epitomizes the Marine Corps motto: SEMPER FIDELIS.
The David Johnston Memorial Post is honored to have been the venue at which the presentation of the Bronze Star and citation to the family of LCpl. Merryman was held: Memorial Day weekend 2011 during the annual MIKE CO 3/5 reunion.
Dennis Merryman, M Co. 3/5
(picture courtesy of Paul Merryman)
One of the finest Marines our company had
You came up to me and asked for my bush hat. You said to me, "I need one to go 'up there' with." I gave you my bush hat. I also told you to bring it back to me. You uttered something to me and left. I did not care about that bush hat. I wanted you to come back. You went back to the point of contact, to recover Christianson. You went above and beyond the call of duty in my mind, you knowing that recovering Christianson from in front of an enemy bunker was high stakes. You paid the highest price, Dennis. We Marines were speechless when the word came down that we lost you . We couldn't believe it. Dennis, you were one of the finest our company had. My words can not describe the honor I have for you. You remain in my heart and thoughts forever. I will never let go .....May God bless and comfort you forever. Respectfully, Michael Alden