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Merrill Garrett

Project StaffY-12 Plant

Oak Ridge, TN
Manhattan Project VeteranProject Worker/Staff
Merrill Garrett. Photo courtesy of Gordon Garrett.

Merrill Garrett worked at the Y-12 Plant at Oak Ridge, TN during the Manhattan Project.

A high school football star, Garrett received an appointment to the United States Military Academy, but was forced to decline due to financial circumstances during the Great Depression. He worked for Alcoa in Alcoa, TN before joining the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge. After the war, Garrett continued working at Oak Ridge and retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory as calutron supervisor in chemical technology.

For an interview with Merrill’s son, Gordon Garrett, click here.

Merrill Garrett at his retirement party. Photo courtesy of Gordon Garrett.

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