Jim Marshall inducted into Army Ranger Hall of Fame

[Disclaimer] This has nothing to do with the 8th District race — it’s just an interesting tidbit of news. Fair point, GetReal. More accurately, this has no effect on my opinion of the race — however, at this point, virtually everything has to do with the election. I stand corrected.

This was news to me, but apparently it happened on June 29.

Marshall was one of 18 inducted into Fort Benning’s Hall of Fame by the Army Ranger community June 29. Actor Tom Hanks was recognized as an honorary inductee at the same event for his role in the movie Saving Private Ryan. 

A press release of the event stated that the Ranger Hall of Fame was formed to honor and preserve the spirit and contributions of America’s soldiers. Ranger units and regimental associations nominate a maximum of three Rangers per year for induction into the Hall of Fame.

To be eligible for nomination, a soldier must be a successful graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, separated or retired from active military service for at least three years, and have served in a ranger unit in combat.

Marshall…voluntarily enlisted for infantry combat in Vietnam. He was an honor graduate from the Non-Commissioned Officers Course and Ranger School.

Marshall served in combat as a platoon sergeant in C Company and E Recon, 1/52nd of the 198th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. [Marshall] distinguished himself in battle leading his platoon through combat and for his actions was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with ‘V’ Device.

His other decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart and a second Bronze Star.

Congratulations to Representative Marshall for this honor. Regardless of politics, Marshall’s military service deserves respect and commendation, especially since he is one of only 30 members of the House who is a combat vet, according to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Again, congratulations, Congressman.

5 comments

  1. UGA Wins 2006 says:

    So the question becomes why has the entire new 8th district erupted into “sponteneous” celebrations of Marshall’s induction into the Ranger Hall of Fame?

    I am told there are bbq’s planned the length and breadth of the district to honor Marshall including Aug 28 in the far north end of the district well away from where most of the Vet population lives for that district.

    I am also curious why the state commanders of the American Legion and VFW are allowing their names and titles to be used on the mail piece inviting folks to attend these “sudden” celebratory, non political, functions. Shouldn’t something about tax exempt status and non partisan organizations be remembered?

  2. dingleberry says:

    Sounds like UGA Wins 2006 has a little bit of Ranger envy. What’s the matter? Mad that poor poo-poo Collins never made the Ranger Hall of Fame…or for that matter, never even earned a Ranger tab?

    A lib with an exemplary military career has the party that “supports our troops” looking for excuses.

  3. Jeff Emanuel says:

    dingleberry, I guess it just depends on who you talk to, and their point of view. I’m a conservative first, Republican second; I have no problem honoring anybody for their exemplary career, military or otherwise — regardless of political party or affiliation. Obviously, respecting the heck out of somebody doesn’t always equal voting for him or her — there are many other factors involved in that decision — but it doesn’t mean that their service can’t be honored. This is, of course, differentiable from people like John Murtha, who attempt to use their service to make themselves bulletproof against criticism for virtually anything.

    I think that UGA makes a fair point there, beyond the “poo-pooing” of Marshall that you are seeing in his statements. In an election year, Marshall is going to use this to his benefit, as is his prerogative. At a time when the Democrats are fighting to improve their image on defense and national security, and their attitude toward the military, Marshall can and should milk this for all that he can, as it’s a real live example of an honored Democrat veteran — especially in a veteran/active military-heavy district.

    As I said in the beginning of the thread, Marshall’s military service deserves respect and commendation, and I congratulate him on his induction into the RHOF. As someone who has served among and alongside many a Ranger, I can say firsthand that the Congressman has joined some seriously elite company. I hope for his sake, and for the sake of those who have not only worn the ranger tab, as he did, but have gone the extra mile and worn the black (now tan) beret and the scroll, and lived the Creed, that, in or out of politics, Marshall forever remembers and strives to live up to what he said upon induction to the RHOF: “I will do my best to earn this. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is probably the biggest honor of my life.

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