Biography of Martin R. Merlis
Capt., Medical Officer, USA
I was just a kid during the war. My father Captain Martin R. Merlis was a medical officer in the Army. Before he was shipped overseas, he was stationed at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, at Camp Rucker in Dothan Alabama and at a camp in Sardis, Mississippi, the name of which I have forgotten.
My father and a convoy of MPs were assigned to deliver antibiotics to field hospitals. On the way back they got word that Bob Hope was going to do a show in a soccer stadium, so they took a 100 mile detour (in the middle of a war) so they could see the show. My father took movies of it. From his seat way way up in what we would call the bleachers, you must take it on faith that the little speck down below on the makeshift stage is, indeed, Bob Hope.
----- George Merlis
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