News: Neillsville – Am. Legion Honors Merlin Gerber (Oct 2019)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Gerber

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/02/2019

American Legion Honors More Veterans (Gerber - 2019)

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Merlin Gerber will be recognized by the Neillsville Legion for his military time this Monday. Photo submitted

Merlin Gerber will be one of two individuals to receive recognition from the Neillsville American Legion for military service.

Gerber, who was born in Granton, enlisted in the 125th Infantry of the National Guard in Neillsville in 1955. He graduated from Neillsville High School that same year. He also attended Lutheran grade schools.

After enlisting, Gerber had basic training, at Camp McCoy. He was awarded a trophy for outstanding recruit while attending college. He was transferred to different guard units in Menomonie, Beloit and Madison.

Gerber was in full-time active duty during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.

During his military time, Gerber was a squad leader in the 222 Transportation Unit. After eight years of National Guard service, Gerber was discharged in March 1964.

Gerber lived most of his life in Madison, where he still resides today. In Madison, he worked as a tool and die mold maker. He was an apprentice instructor for the trade for 10 years for the state. He was a full-time instructor for Madison Area Technical College. He retired from teaching in 2003.

Gerber married his wife, LaVonne Mills, in 1957. They have two sons, Scott and Steven, and three grandchildren.

He has several hobbies, including making homemade wine and woodworking.

Gerber will be recognized along with his brother-in-law, Allen Mills, this Monday, Oct. 7. There will be a social hour at 4:30 p.m. with a potluck at 5:30 p.m.




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