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Merlin's Miracles - May 2008 Charity-of-the-Month

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Staff Sergeant Merlin German (USMC) . . . .     Nov. 15, 1985 - Apr. 11, 2008
Staff Sergeant Merlin German (USMC) . . . . Nov. 15, 1985 - Apr. 11, 2008

Merlin's Miracles
4319 Medical Dr.
Suite 131 - 352
San Antonio, TX 78229-3325

email: info@merlinsmiracles.com
web: merlinsmiracles.com


Sergeant Merlin German (USMC) was born in Manhattan, New York on Nov. 15, 1985. He enlisted in the Marine Corps September 8, 2003 and received a meritorious promotion to Private First Class out of boot camp. in April 2004, Sergeant German transferred to his first permanent duty station, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division where he served as a Field Artillery Cannoneer.

Shortly after, Sergeant German was assigned to his unit, he was sent to Machinegunner's Course. Among the Corporals and Sergeants, he was the only Private First Class to attend the course. Sergeant German's outstanding leadership skills helped him to graduate second in his class.

In September 2004, Sergeant German's unit was attached to 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines and became part of Weapons Platoon for convoy security. His unit was charged with safely transporting prisoners and cargo, and Sgt. German participated in over 150 successful missions. Sergeant German's Platoon Sergeant and Company Commander applauded him for his keen sense of spotting improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

In the first six months of deployment, Sergeant German found 8 IEDs without anyone sustaining injuries. On February 21, 2005, Sergeant German's squad was on a mission to recon an unknown route from Jordan to Baghdad. While en route to Camp Ramadi, Sergeant German spotted an IED while standing in the turret at his Mk-19 machine gun. With no time to alert the driver, their HUMVEE was hit on a left side by a gas-fed shape charge explosive. Sergeant German was blown clear of the vehicle, and his fellow Marines helped extinguish the flames that had quickly burned 97% of his total body surface area.

Merlin with his mother, Lourdes and a therapy dog
Merlin with his mother, Lourdes and a therapy dog

Sergeant German was immediately transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany where doctors stated Sergeant German had NO chance of living. He had a quick turn-around flight to the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio and he arrived on 25 February 2005. He was cared for as an inpatient for 17 months, and then resided as a guest of the Fisher House before purchasing his own home in San Antonio.

He fought bravely for more than three years but died in the hospital on Friday, Apr. 11, while recovering from his most recent operation.

TO HELP Merlin'S MIRACLES
If you would like to help, please donate securely via Pay Pal please use the link on our official site by clicking here or donate via check and snail mail. Please e-mail us if you have any questions or comments.

Merlin alongside his childhood friend, Vanessa
Merlin alongside his childhood friend, Vanessa

HIS DREAM
Merlin had a vision to help burned children and their families. He wanted the foundation to be named Merlin's Miracles.

After being burned over 97% of his body when a roadside bomb exploded under his vehicle in Iraq while fighting defending our freedom in the Global War on Terror. Merlin was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center where he was not expected to survive, but after over 9 months in the intensive care unit and over 100 surgeries later, he had clearly defied all odds. Merlin became known to everyone as the Miracle Man.

Everybody wanted to meet the Miracle Man, including Chuck Norris
Everybody wanted to meet the Miracle Man, including Chuck Norris

He touched the lives of everyone he met. He taught us strength, courage and unity. He loved children and was very proud uncle to his one year old niece.

The donations would be used to assist burned children and their families to take vacations, trips, outings or anything the families needed to make life a little easier. Merlin loved to travel and knew how difficult it was for him to endure long lines at amusement parks or the frustration of not being able to do certain things because of the heat or being able to go to certain places because of special transportation needed.

It was his dream to be able to grant these families their wishes no matter what the request was. The grants would not be limited to trips and outings but also to help the families in their own homes to make it more comfortable for the burn children.

We are asking for your donation, to make Merlin's dream come true, to grant miracles to burned children and their families.

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Staff Sergeant Merlin German (USMC) . . . .     Nov. 15, 1985 - Apr. 11, 2008
Staff Sergeant Merlin German (USMC) . . . . Nov. 15, 1985 - Apr. 11, 2008

Merlin's Miracles
4319 Medical Dr.
Suite 131 - 352
San Antonio, TX 78229-3325

email: info@merlinsmiracles.com
web: merlinsmiracles.com









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