Lawrence J. Merschel
Lawrence J. Merschel was born on March 22, 1948 in Wayne. He grew up with his father John, his mother Virginia, and his 7 siblings: John, Suzanne, Catherine, Peggy, Thomas, Mary Beth and James.
Mr. Merschel attended St. Katharine of Siena during his early years. He entered Radnor High School in 1962 and was a member of the basketball team, becoming the team’s captain his senior year. He was also a member of the school’s new soccer team, playing as its first-ever goaltender, and acted as the school mascot during games. He was a part of the Athletic Association, the Chess Club, and the Boy’s Sports Club. In his yearbook, he was referred as “the class gift to the Philadelphia 76ers,” as a tribute to his impressive basketball skills, and was voted as the “most entertaining” student of his year.
Mr. Merschel graduated from Radnor High School in 1966, moving on to Villanova University with a full basketball scholarship. He chose to leave the school his freshman year to enlist in the Army in April 1967.
Mr. Merschel was in U.S. Army infantry operations, an Intelligence Specialist and received the rank of Private First Class. He was also part of the 1st BN, 502nd Infantry, 101st ABN DIV, 17th Cavalry and USARV.
Sadly, at the age of 20, Mr. Merschel entered his first and final tour in Vietnam on February 20, 1968. On May 1, 1968, in Thua Thien Province in South Vietnam, Mr. Merschel was critically injured by mortar fire.
He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in West Conshohocken, PA.