[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.