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Association's first president dies

R. Merwin Holman, 1950-51 president of the 99th Infantry Division Association, died Sept. 13, 2001, at his home in Cincinnati OH. He was 87.

Holman served in Q/393 and his group was the first to cross the Remagen Bridge during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star.

He graduated from California State (PA) Teacher's College at age 16 with a bachelor's degree in education.

He spent his career with Kroger, where he started as a bagger. He became a store clerk and manager in Pittsburgh, then relocated to a Chicago store before moving to Cincinnati, where he became executive produce merchandiser. He retired from that position in 1978.

Holman was a 33rd Degree Mason and member of St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Anderson Township. He was an avid cribbage player and loved crossword puzzles.

He was preceded in death by a brother and sister.

Survivors include a daughter, three sons, his former wife, two brothers, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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