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‘Miracle’ Marine Loses Final Battle May 24, 2008

Posted by Michael in Heroes.

This weekend, we’re flying the flag at our house. I hope you are too.

The young Marine came back from the war, with his toughest fight ahead of him.

Merlin German waged that battle in the quiet of a Texas hospital, far from the dusty road in Iraq where a bomb exploded, leaving him with burns over 97 percent of his body.

No one expected him to survive.

I’m going to have a good time this weekend. In fact, I’m cooking meat with fire right now. But I hope we all pause for a moment to remember the sacrifice of those who made this great nation possible.

But for more than three years, he would not surrender. He endured more than 100 surgeries and procedures. He learned to live with pain, to stare at a stranger’s face in the mirror. He learned to smile again, to joke, to make others laugh.

He became known as the “Miracle Man.”

But just when it seemed he would defy impossible odds, Sgt. Merlin German lost his last battle this spring — an unexpected final chapter in a story many imagined would have a happy ending.

Rest in peace, Merlin German.

‘Miracle’ Marine loses final battle


1. BrewFan - May 24, 2008

In lonely watches night by night
Great visions burst upon my sight,
For down the stretches of the sky
The hosts of dead go marching by.

Strange ghostly banners o’er them float,
Strange bugles sound an awful note,
And all their faces and their eyes
Are lit with starlight from the skies.

The anguish and the pain have passed
And peace hath come to them at last,
But in the stern looks linger still
The iron purpose and the will.

Dear Christ, who reign’st above the flood
Of human tears and human blood,
A weary road these men have trod,
O house them in the home of God!

Frederick George Scott
In a Field near Ypres
April, 1915

God bless you Sgt. German.

2. cranky - May 24, 2008

With everything Merlin put into surviving, encouraging others, and just being the inspiration for what a human being should be, I am so damned angry and so very sad that he has been lost to us after all he went through. May God bless him and his family and may God keep them all close to His heart.

3. mesablue - May 25, 2008
4. mesablue - May 25, 2008

Let me try that again, and itf it doesn’t work again Mr. Site Admin — please fix the link for me. It’s the buglers at LeJeune that put many good Marines to sleep at night.


5. mesablue - May 25, 2008


Usually that works.

Fine. The right way.

It’s usually only played this slow for a reason

Had the opportunity to buy a few drinks for some Army soldiers tonight who are on leave from the box. They go back in about two weeks. When I thanked them, they said, “America is America.”

nuff said

6. mesablue - May 25, 2008

Not thinking that I have to explain that quote to you guys, but reading it, it looks a bit — nondescript.

“No need to thank us, we love our country.”

7. geoff - May 25, 2008

It’s all right – we got it the first time. But you’re right to want to get exactly right.

8. daveintexas - May 25, 2008

Rest in peace Marine. Semper Fi.

9. Retired Geezer - May 25, 2008

Something in my eye…

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