GySgt Richard E. M Merryman II
United States Marine Corps
22nd Company SEL
United States Naval Academy
Richard Merryman enlisted in the Marine Corps on 17 January 2006 and graduated Recruit Training as a Private with Company D aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, SC. Upon graduation from recruit training, Private (Pvt) Merryman attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, NC. On 2 May 2006, Pvt Merryman was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class (PFC). PFC Merryman was transferred to Naval Air Station Meridian, MS to attend his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) School where he was designated as an Aircraft Maintenance Marine, MOS 6046.
In July of 2006, PFC Merryman reported to MALS-29 in Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC. In January of 2007, PFC Merryman was promoted to Lance Corporal (LCpl) and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. LCpl Merryman was promoted to Corporal (Cpl) on 1 July 2007. In February 2009 Cpl Merryman was Promoted to Sergeant (Sgt) and received orders to Knoxville, KY where he successfully graduated from Marine Armor Crewman School and received an MOS of 1812. After Tank School, Sgt Merryman received orders to 2nd Tank Battalion to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC. In October of 2009, Sgt Merryman attended the Martial Arts Instructors Course and graduated as a Green Belt Instructor. In March of 2010, Sgt Merryman Completed the Black Belt Course to become a Black Belt Martial Arts Instructor. Upon his return Sgt Merryman was selected as the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter for 2nd Tanks. Sgt Merryman attended Sgt’s Course in October of 2011 and graduated as a distinguished graduate.
In January 2013 Sgt Merryman reported to Drill Instructor School Class 2-13 in MCRD San Diego, CA. Upon graduation Sgt Merryman was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment. Sgt Merryman completed 6 recruit training cycles as a green belt Drill Instructor, 2 cycles as a Senior Drill Instructor, 1 cycle as a Chief Drill Instructor and served as the 1st Battalion Drill Master for his final 4 months on tour. Sgt Merryman was promoted to Staff Sergeant (SSgt) from the below zone on March 4th 2014 and went to Staff Non Commissioned Academy. In June 2016, SSgt Merryman received orders to 1st Tank Battalion in Twentynine Palms, Ca.
SSgt Merryman served as Platoon Sergeant and deployed on the 11th MEU in August of 2016. Upon his return SSgt Merryman was Promoted Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) December of 2017 and held the billets of Platoon Commander, Company Tank Leader and Company 1st Sergeant all while holding the billet of a Platoon Sergeant. GySgt Merryman submitted to be an Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI). In May 2018, GySgt Merryman received orders to the United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD as an AMOI. GySgt Merryman currently serves as the 22nd Company Senior Enlisted Leader.
GySgt Merryman’s personal decorations include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (fourth award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (third award), and the Navy and Marine Commendation Medal.