Merlin Shennum interview, tape 1
Merlin Shennum was born in Pablo, Montana on December 21, 1920 to Ben and Mabel. Merlin graduated from Ronan High School before attending Kinman Business University in Spokane, Washington. Merlin served as a paratrooper for the 101st Airborne Division during World War II, receiving a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for service in Europe. He married Betty Guldborg on December 8, 1945. Shennum returned to Montana after World War II working for the Internal Revenue Service in Helena. Betty and Merlin Shennum moved to Brockway, Montana in 1947, where the raised three children, Alan, Judy, and Jane. Betty died on May 8, 1998 preceding Merlin, who died on December 30, 2013.
A memoir of Shennum's wartime experience was published in Fighting Fox Company: The Battling of the Band of Brothers, by Terry Poyser and Bill Brown.
World War, 1939-1945; Shennum, Merlin; United States. Army. Airborne Division, 101st
Shennum, Merlin J. and Jewell, James R., "Merlin Shennum interview, tape 1" (1996). James Jewell Papers. 56.
Eastern Washington University Archives and Special Collections (SPC 998-0494)