August 10, 2018, is the 95th birthday for Kenneth “Rock” Merritt.
Rock Merritt is a true hero having jumped into Normandy, France on D-Day as a member of the 82nd Airborne.
To this day, Rock is an authoritative voice on the history of the 82nd Airborne, 508 P.I.R., and all things related to the Normandy campaign. Rock Merritt rose to be a Command Sergeant Major in the Army and served his country in Vietnam as well.
For all of his accomplishments, Rock was enshrined as one of the original members for the All American Hall of Fame for the 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Gracious with his time and an inspiration to current paratroopers, I consider Rock to be a Great American and a true friend.
Happy Birthday…Command Sergeant Major!