H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Apr 24, 2013 9:19 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Triple war veteran honored

A triple war veteran was honored Wednesday by friends and family. Merle Mulder died April12th, 2013. He was 95 years old.

"Him being a vet of the greatest generation that came before...when we lose them, we lose a bit of our history, a little bit of our treasure," said Sgt. Leah Larson, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret).

History like the final days of World War II, when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan.

"He was a commander bomber pilot in Tinian Island. He taught bombing runs in Korea," said Scott Barnes, Merle's friend who is also a veteran.

Decades of his life were spent over seas serving our country. He was also a family man. Upon retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1970, he moved his family to the Central Coast.

"He would always have the cap on, veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, and people would be like we didn't know any were alive," said Barnes.

To many on the Central Coast, Merle was the old man on a moped who was seen cruising through downtown San Luis Obispo.

"Anytime he saw a soldier in town in uniform, or someone wearing a veterans hat, he would buy them a coffee or a yogurt," said Barnes.

Friends told KSBY he never stopped giving back, lending an ear or sharing stories with all generations.

"The least I could do is put on my dress blues and give him a salute," said Sgt. Larson.

To honor Merle and his wishes, you can make a donation to the American Heart Association or American Indian College Fund.

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