During WWII, PFC Russell Hamler was part of an elite top-secret Army unit tasked with difficult jungle warfare missions in the Pacific Theater. In 2022, “Merrill’s Marauders” — nicknamed after their commander, Brigadier General Frank Merrill — were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest expression of national recognition and indebtedness for achievements and contributions to the Country.
On April 24, 2022, Baldwin Township held a ceremeny honoring Huck, where he was recognized for his service as a member of Merrill’s Marauders and was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, a Certificate of Special Recognition from the House of Representatives, a commemorative NFL Veteran’s coin and a signed Pittsburgh Steelers football.
On May 25, 2022, Mr. Hamler and the rest of Merrill’s Marauders were nationally recognized for “their bravery and outstanding service in the jungles of Burma during World War II” at a virtual ceremony, with their Congressional Gold Medal going to the Smithsonian.
The Township ceremony honoring Mr. Hamler
Army Ranger SFC Nathan Springs congratulates Mr. Hamler’s oldest son, James, after presenting Mr. Hamler with the Congressional Gold Medal