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Death of Merrill’s Marauder veteran leaves only seven survivors of the famed WWII unit

Death of Merrill’s Marauder veteran leaves only seven survivors of the famed WWII unit
James E. Richardson, one of only eight living veterans of the famed Merrill’s Marauders from World War II, died Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn., at the age of 99.

ObituaryDeath of Merrill’s Marauder veteran leaves only seven survivors of the famed WWII unit James Richardson, 99, a member of the famed Merrill's Marauders in Burma during World War II, poses with his daughter, Judy Robinson, in February 2020.Richardson, one of only eight living veterans of the famed Merrill’s Marauders from World War II, died Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn.17, the nearly 3,000 men of the 5307th Composite Unit, as the Marauders were formally known, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal “in recognition of their bravery and outstanding service in the jungles of Burma during World War II.James Eubaun Richardson was born July 22, 1921, one of seven brothers — six of whom served in the armed forces during World War II.

JAMES RICHARDSON James E., who was killed in France during the war.

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