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Atwell Jr. , Merrill Hadley

Rank and Name, Aviation Radioman Third Class Merrill Hadley Atwell Jr.

Unit/Placed in, Bomber Squadron 85 (VB-85), United States Naval Reserve.


Merrill is born approx. on 22 Aug. 1924 in Eden, Vermont.

Father, Merrill H. Atwell Sr.

Mother, Marjorie C. (Coan) Atwell.

Sister(s), Elanor J. Atwell.

Brother(s), Richard J. Atwell.


Merrill enlisted the service in Connecticut with service number # 8073924.


Merrill’s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver were,

Ltjg.             Robert W. Elmore              Pilot

Arm3.          Merrill H. Atwell Jr.           Radio Operator/Gunner


Merrill was KIA on the Mission to Kikai Shima when it was hit by AA and crashed offshore Wan Airfield on 29 April 1945, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Merrill is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii U.S.A.

Courts of the missing.


Thanks to,

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com


4/19/1945       FG-1D      76484      VBF-85     USS SHANGRI-LA (CV-38)  ENR OKINAWA  EMPIRE



Lt.(jg) Robert Elmore

His unit Bomber Squadron 85 (VB-85)
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
USS Shangri -La (CV-38) Carrier (Base)
Merrill in the plane
Merrill in Row 4 No. 20 Robert in Row 2 No. 17 Start Left
Merrill Hadley Atwell Jr.
His rank Aviation Radioman