Col. Gyles Merrill's tombstoneCalifornia Siblings Jack and Carol Anne Merrill knew growing up that their grandpa was a war hero.

But now, thanks to a stranger reaching out on Facebook, they’ve learned a lot more about their heroic grandfather, Col. Gyles Merrill: He was beloved by a former Filipino president and his offspring with a devotion unexpressed for more than 50 years.

(READ the story in the Modesto Bee)

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