Harry Hugh Merrywell (1926 - 2014)

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Harry Hugh Merrywell
1926 - 2014
updated December 30, 2019
Harry Hugh Merrywell, father to 5 children, was born on January 31, 1926 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He married Oma L. (Belcher) Merrywell on November 6, 1989 in Texas. They gave birth to James Donald Merrywell, Carole Ann Merrywell Piersall, Joan Merrywell, Robert Alan Merrywell, and Elizabeth Lynn Merrywell. He died on January 11, 2014 in Washington, District Of Columbia at age 87.

People go to space because of this man's calculations.

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Harry Hugh Merrywell

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HH Merrywell
Okie, via Marion Sardiello, his late-life long-term partner.




Harry Merrywell was born on in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas United States


Harry Merrywell died on in Washington, District Of Columbia United States

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at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, 1423 Cemetery Road, in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma United States 74434


Ethnicity & Lineage

Celtic and Germanic living in United States of America in the 20th and 21st Century.

Nationality & Locations Lived

Celtic and Germanic living in United States of America in the 20th and 21st Century.


Rocket Science.

Last Known Residence

Armed Forces Retirement Home, in Washington, D.C.


United States


Rocket Scientist. Mathematician Assistant to Werner Von Braun on the Rocket Project, White Sands, New Mexico; Hermes Project, Saturn V Rocket, Mercury Rocket, Redstone Rocket. Proto-NASA.

Business School Mathematician.

Personal Life & Organizations

United States Air Force
United States Army
United States Navy
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Ultra Top Secret Clearance

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U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 (Retired) Fought in World War II and Korean War

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Harry Hugh Merrywell & Oma L. (Belcher) Merrywell

November 6, 1989Travis County, TX
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Born: around 1933



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Harry Hugh Merrywell, father of Joan Theresa Adele Merrywell St John, Robert Allen Merrywell, James Allen Merrywell, Carole Anne Merrywell and Elizabeth Lynn Merywell.

Rocket Scientist Assistant Mathematician to Werner Von Braun on the Rocket Projects. Yeah, that's right.

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1926 - 2014 World Events

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In 1926, in the year that Harry Hugh Merrywell was born, on October 31st, Harry Houdini died in Michigan. Houdini was the most famed magician of his time and perhaps of all time, especially for his acts involving escapes - from handcuffs, straitjackets, chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, and more. He was president of the Society of American Magicians and stringently upheld professional ethics. He died of complications from a ruptured appendix. Although he had received a blow to the area a couple of days previously, the connection between the blow and his appendicitis is disputed.

In 1938, he was only 12 years old when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1953, at the age of 27 years old, Harry was alive when actress and comedian Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr on January 19th. On the same day on "I Love Lucy", the fictional Little Ricky was born as well. Baby Desi graced the cover of the first TV Guide magazine with a headline that read ""Lucy's $50,000,000 baby" - because the commercial revenue from his birth was expected to be that amount.

In 1960, when he was 34 years old, on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

In 1973, at the age of 47 years old, Harry was alive when in October, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned - President Nixon nominated Gerald Ford for Vice President. Nixon's tax returns came under investigation. Nixon offered the recently discovered Oval Office tapes be heard by one person and summarized - his offer was rejected by the Special Prosecutor. Nixon ordered the Attorney General, then the assistant Attorney General, to fire the Special Prosecutor. Both refused and were fired. The Solicitor General became the acting Attorney General and fired the Special Prosecutor (the Saturday Night Massacre). Nixon releases some of the tapes, under extreme pressure because of the firings.

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Other Merrywells

Oma L. (Belcher) Merrywell
Born: around 1933
Ricky D. Merrywell
Born: around 1953
Elizabeth D. (Mullane) Merrywell
Born: around 1965
Robert A. Merrywell
Born: May 1, 1977
Annette (Garcia) Merrywell
Born: Jul 22, 1980
Phillip W. Merrywell Jr
Born: around 1964
Norma L. (Killian) Merrywell
Born: around 1970
May Deen Thelma Merrywell
Jul 31, 1933 - Aug 17, 1996
Fort Smith, AR
Jack Paul Merrywell
Jun 2, 1928 - Jul 30, 2012
Loren W Merrywell
Born: around 1909
United States
Troy D Merrywell
Born: around 1914
Colorado, United States

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Oma L. (Belcher) Merrywell
Born: around 1933
Jon S. Mershawn
Born: around 1969
Angela D. (Norwood) Mershawn
Born: around 1953
Scott A. Mershon
Born: around 1961
Kay F. (Archer) Mershon
Born: around 1953
Thomas J. Mershon
Born: around 1971
Holly E. (Mason) Mershon
Born: around 1973
Donald R. Mersiovsky
Born: around 1963
Andrea P. (Chalmers) Mersiovsky
Born: around 1958
Herbert A. Merten
Born: around 1932
Michael E. Merten
Born: around 1951
Janice M. (Votaw) Merten
Born: around 1966
William C. Merten
Born: around 1960
Carole L. (Overbay) Merten
Born: around 1962
Randall L. Mertes
Born: around 1963
Penny J. (Pflueger) Mertes
Born: around 1964
David S. Merth
Born: around 1955
Mary E. (Capers) Merth
Born: around 1956
Terrence M. Mertink
Born: around 1966
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