Sgt. Merlin German, who was severely wounded in Iraq by an IED and survived burns over 97% of his body, died unexpectedly April 11, after a routine surgery to place skin on his lip.
Sgt. Merlin German, 22 years old, is described by those who knew him as an inspiration. His determination at survival after such a devastating injury drew the interest of President Bush, actor Chuck Norris and other VIPs he met, most notably the doctors who treated him and other wounded heroes at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Lt. Col. Evan Renz who directs the Army Burn Center at Brooks said, "There is no way to adequately describe what Merlin did for us," referencing German's strong determination and mentoring the newly arrived wounded.
BAMC commander, Brig. Gen. James K. Gilman said, "Love is the only word strong and powerful enough to describe how we all felt about Merlin," adding, "If Merlin were here today, there is no doubt in my mind what he would say: 'Fight through, stay strong and overcome because we are warriors.'"
Sgt German has spent 17 months at BAMC as an inpatient and underwent more than 100 surgeries, only to succumb. An autopsy is planned.
America has lost a Warrior and Hero, but God has gained an Honor Guard.
Rest in Peace, Sgt German. Semper Fi.
BAMC's 'Miracle Man' didn't let injuries hurt his spirit
Sgt. Merlin German, Marine burned in Iraq, dies
Friday, May 02, 2008
Posted by Lew Waters at 11:55 PM