| Southern Victory |
POD: September 10, 1862
|Appearance(s):|| Blood and Iron|
In at the Death
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Occupation:||Soldier, Government Employee|
|Children:||Armstrong Grimes, Annie Grimes|
|Military Branch:||United States Army (1914-1917)|
After the war, he settled in Washington, DC, where he married Edna Semphroch. The couple had two children, Armstrong and Annie. Merle's relationship with his son was somewhat antagonistic, as he saw Armstrong as a slacker, while the boy thought his father made too much of his war wound. When Armstrong was conscripted into the army, Merle congratulated him with the comment that the army would make a man of him; Armstrong thought that it was an honor he could do without.
During the Second Great War, Merle frequently wrote to his son at the front. When Armstrong was wounded in Canada in 1943, Merle and Edna visited him in a military hospital, and father and son were finally able to share a meaningful bond.