Navy Badge
  • Name: Donald "Don" Martin Merhar
  • Location of Birth: Nashwauk, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 3, 1927
  • Date of Death: December 2, 1996
  • Parents: John Merhar & Catherine (Prebilich) Merhar
  • High School and Class: 1944 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: 1948 Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
    1950 Michigan Mining & Technological University, Houghton, Michigan - engineering degree
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  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: December 30, 1944
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: June 26, 1946
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Donald Martin Merhar
    Race: White
    Age: 19
    Birth Date: January 3, 1927
    Birth Place: Nashwauk, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Nashwauk, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: July 2, 1946 (after discharge)
    Employer: Unemployed
    Weight: 155
    Height: 6
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Hair Color: Brown
    Other characteristic: Scar on base of left thumb
    Next of Kin: John Merhar, brother, Nashwauk, Minnesota

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Don Merhar married Agnes Nash in Minnesota in 1947. He was a design engineer for Honeywell for 37 years. He enjoyed camping, golf, fishing, and hunting.

    Don died in Shorewood, Minnesota and is buried in Nashwauk Cemetery, Nashwauk, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Agnes; sons, Donald (Debbie) Merhar and Steven Merhar; daughters, Marlene (Tedd) Hefty and Tamre (Mike) O’Brion; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brothers, John (Olanda) Merhar, Edward (Gladys) Merhar, and Rudy Merhar; sisters, Sylvia Kranta and Angeline (Orville) Martin; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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