Final Voyage

Nick Maershbecker, 41-44
USS Perry DMS-17

It is with deep sadness that I report the Final Voyage of our fellow shipmate Nick Maershbecker on. March 15, 2009. If you were lucky to know Nick way back when or maybe you had the pleasure of listening to one of his Sea Stories at our reunions you know very well what a true hero he was. For some of us it may seem a long time ago, but for Nick I'm sure December 7, 1941 will always seem like yesterday. That morning with Japanese fighter planes attacking the Perry and everything else in Pearl Harbor, Nick climbed the smoke stacks to cut off the canvas covers that enabled the Perry to get under way and retaliate the Japanese onslaught.

While loosing a loved one is never easy, it may be comforting to know many of his fellow shipmates are waiting for him with open arms. I know my DD-844 Skipper Capt. George Ball, has been anxiously waiting to again thank Nick for his efforts that day in '41. You see, Capt. Ball was then the young Ensign out of Annapolis who took command of the Perry that day and was able to save the ship because of Nick's heroic effort.

Nick, we salute you and wish you a smooth voyage.

Condolences can be mailed to Granddaughter email address
Rita Maershbecker
1806 Neptune Lane
Houston, TX 77062