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Military officer , Advertising executive

Gerald Francis Merna, American advertising executive, retired military officer, retired postal service officer.


Merna, Gerald Francis was born on April 1, 1930 in New York City. Son of George F. Merna and Geraldine (Byers) Kraus.


Bachelor of Science, George Washington University, 1973. Master of Science, George Washington University, 1977. Postgraduate, University Southern California, 1975.

Postgraduate, University Virginia, 1983.


Enlisted United States Marine Corps, 1947, advanced through grades to master gunnery sergeant, 1966, commissioned Second lieutenant, 1966, promoted to 1st lieutenant in Vietnam, 1967, with W-1-5, E-2-5 1st Marine division, 1952—1953. With Vietnam, 1966-1967. Retired United States Marine Corps, 1968.

Various positions United States Postal Service, Washington, 1968-1982, executive assistant to Postmaster General, 1978-1982, sectional center manager, postmaster, 1982-1987. Retired, 1987; advertising director Signal magazine-Journal Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Fairfax, Virginia, 1993—1998. Associate public National Defense Magazine, Arlington.

Vice president National Defense Industrial, 1993-1998. President Merna and Associates, 1998—2002.


Vice president operations Virginia Hills Civic Association, Alexandria, 1971-1972. Member covenants committee Cascades Communications Association, 1998-1900, chairman, 2000-2002. Member The Retired Officers Association (life), Marine Corps League, Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association (life), 1st Marine Division Association (life), 3rd Marine Division Association (life), National Defense Industrial Association (life), American Legion (life), United States Marine Corps Mustang Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars (life), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, National League Postmasters United States (vice president 1989-1992).


Married Dorothy May Sedlack, February 10, 1951. Children: Linda Carol Figura, Gerald Thomas.

George F. Merna Kraus

Geraldine (Byers) Kraus

Dorothy May Sedlack

Linda Carol Figura Merna

Gerald Thomas Merna