|courtesy of Historical Passion|
When William was drafted in January 1943 he had completed 3-years of high school and was working as a clerk. After his initial training he was sent to the European theater. On 7 Aug 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to M Company 116th Infantry where he was to serve as a machinegunner. CPL Merk was killed in action on 31 Aug 1944.
CPL Merk was repatriated and re-interred in the Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, New Jersey.
Williams brothers also served in the Army during the war.