MARSHALL, PERRY, Staff Sergeant, # 14156113, USAAF

 

Perry Marshall was born 7 May 1922 in Elbridge, Obion County, Tennessee, to James Glenn Marshall (1890-1977)   and Lora (Perry) Marshall (1895-1968). He had siblings, including Mary Marshall (1916-2002), Ruth Marshall (1918-1979), Leon Ray Marshall (1926-2010) and Iva Jean (Marshall) Breedlove (1930-2014). His grandfather was James Alexander Marshall (1837-1917) and his grandmother was Nancy Ann (Wright) Marshall (1842-1886) (James A. and Nancy A. married in 1860. James A. Marshall married a second time in 1888 to Virginia A. (Sims) Marshall (1851-1921).

 

He enlisted 11 September 1942 at Camp Forrest, TN. He was the engineer-gunner on the B-24J when it was downed over Burma. He was captured on 27 November 1943 and imprisoned as a POW of the Japanese in the Rangoon Cantonment, Burma. Liberated with others 29 April and 2 May 1945, he received an honorable discharge in June 1945. He died at age 93 years on 5 September 2015 in Troy, Obion County, TN. Buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Troy, TN.

 

31 December 1943 – The Daily News-Journal (Tennessee) – Staff Sergeant Perry Marshall, son of Mrs. Lora Marshall of Rte 1, Elbridge, and Sergeant Eugene L. Moyers, son of Eugene L. Moyers of Morristown, are missing in action in Burma.

 

Obituary - Perry Marshall, age 93 of Troy, died Saturday, September 5, 2015 at his residence. Mr. Marshall was born May 7,1922 in the Elbridge Community, the son of the late James Glen and Lora Perry Marshall. He was the manager of the former Forcum Lannom Lumber Co. in Obion, a member of the Obion First United Methodist Church and a WWII Army Veteran. While serving in the army he was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and two bronze stars. He was a POW from November 27, 1943 until April 29, 1945 in Rangoon, Burma. Mr. Marshall is survived by his wife, Catherine Albright Marshall of Troy; two sons, Barry and wife Barbara of Olive Branch, MS and Charles Glen and wife Carol of Troy; two daughters, Cathy Jean Marshall and partner Lynda Nemon of Knoxville, TN, Patricia Ann and husband Michael Anderson of Manchester, TN; seven grandchildren, Emily Marshall and partner Robert Hatfield of Memphis, Mary and Brandon Hanmer of South Haven, MS, Alexander Perry and Rebecca Floyd Marshall of Compton, RI, Douglas Marshall of Martin, Jennifer Marshall of Cookeville, TN, Patrick Anderson of Honolulu, Hawaii, Anna Michelle Anderson Napier and Shawn of Salisbury, MD; and two great grandchildren Reagan Hanmer and Brady Hanmer both of South Haven, MS. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Leon Marshall and three sisters, Mary McCullough, Ruth Carroll and Jean Breedlove. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, September 7 at the Obion First United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Rev. John Carroll will officiate. Pallbearers will be Maurice Carroll, Doug Marshall, Alex Marshall, Shawn Napier, Patrick Anderson, Greg Ervin and Mike Anderson. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny McDonald, Brandon Hanmer, Ralph Revell, John Lannom, Alan Jordan and Robert Hatfield. Friends may call at the church from 12:00 PM until the hour of service at 2:00 PM.