Street Renamed for Washington Heights Marine

By Katherine Creag
|  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011  |  Updated 5:28 PM EDT
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Street Renamed for Washington Heights Marine

A new street sign in honor of fallen Marine Sgt. Merlin German.

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An upper Manhattan street was renamed Saturday in honor of a U.S. serviceman who died after serving in Iraq.

Marine Sgt. Merlin German, who grew up in Washington Heights, was honored for his service with an area of 189th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue renamed East Merlin German Way.

German was severely injured in Iraq in 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on duty.  German was burned over 97 percent of his body and endured hundreds of surgeries.  He died in 2008 after a skin graft on his lip.

Relatives say the courageous young Marine remained positive, funny and hard-working through his recovery and surgeries.

He received a Purple Heart and started the foundation Merlin's Miracles which benefits child burn victims.

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