They Volunteered for This: Merrill’s Marauders

1944 | War in Pacific

THE FILM: Narrated by Television News icon Tom Brokaw.

A film focusing on one of World War II’s most heroic and least talked about units.

Merrill’s Marauders fought in Burma in 1944-1945 under the legendary Frank Merrill. Merrill’s Marauders were all volunteers who specialized in “hit and run” tactics in the jungles and mountains of Burma. They were not supplied very well and had to use mules to move from place to place to carry their supplies. The Japanese always thought the 3,000 soldiers were actually a group of 15,000 plus due to their success of being everywhere at every time and because of the damage and casualties they were able to inflict.

In 2022 the Marauders received the Congressional Gold Medal. What they did was miraculous considering the environment in which they fought and the enemy they fought against.


Film Narrator Tom Brokaw


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