Throw Back Thursdays: Merlin German Remembered

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Today’s Throwback Thursdays is dedicated to the loving memory of Merlin German. Known as the “Miracle Marine”, Merlin sustained burns to 97% of his body and even though he was given only a 3% chance of survival, German astounded his doctors by fighting back and recovering to the point that he was able to leave intensive care and walk on his own. He passed away on April 11th 2008 after the 150th operation. 189th Street and St. Nicholas is now proudly known as Sgt Merlin German Way. Last year we ran a poignant piece written by one of Merlin’s childhood buddies Maury Matos. I think it deserves another read today.

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Merlin German Remembered

This post originally appeared on June 13th, 2011.

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