Holyoke Officer Among Wounded

by Laurel | March 7th, 2013

13 March 1919

Lieut. Peter Merriman

Lieut. Peter Merriman
Holyoke Officer Who Was
Wounded in Action

Lieut Peter Merriman Hurt by Shrapnel — Five Previously Reported Dead from Illness Listed.

Lieut. Peter Merriman of Holyoke, wounded degree undetermined, is the only man from this region mentioned in casualty reports received yesterday whose name had not been reported before, Five names previously reported as having died of disease appear in the list issued by the war department for release today. They are as follows: Lieut. George S. Norton of Bay State (Northampton), Private Willard C. Pike of Williamstown, Corporal Charles T. Roberts of Stafford Springs, Ct., Sergeant Joseph Zuhowski of Three Rivers and Sergeant Clarence E. Weisner of Peru.

Lieut Merriman of Holyoke

Lieut Peter Merriman of Holyoke, 24, with Co. E, 314th Infantry, but formerly sergeant in the 104th Infantry, is included in the official list of wounded, degree undetermined, but has not recovered. He was wounded in the left leg by shrapnel November 4, according to official notification received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Merriman of 193 Brown Avenue, Holyoke, Monday. Recent letters from the lieutenant himself tell that he was in a hospital five weeks, but recovered and rejoined his company about the middle of December.

Lieut Merriman was born in Holyoke and returned there 10 years ago after going to school in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Before joining Co. D. of the 2d Massachusetts, in which he served during the Mexican border trouble, he was employed in Holyoke by the Farr Alpaca Company. He was a member of the Masons, the Holyoke Canoe Club and the Young Men’s Christian Association. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant at the Mexican border and retained that rank after the 2d Massachusetts had been merged into the 104th Infantry. He was transferred to an officers’ training school in France. Lieut Merriman expects to be in France for about five months more.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican.

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