MARVIN D BASS
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Plaque : Wall 8, Row A, Col 7
Marvin was born on March 17 1918 in Dayton Iowa. He was raised in Iowa and attended schools there. He was a farmer who operated an 80 acre farm for 9 years before enlisting in the Army on April 14,1944 at Camp Dodge,Iowa. After completion of basic training he was sent to Europe as a Rifleman with the 28th Division. He saw conflicts in Europe, Africa and the middle east. Marvin won the following citations: The European theater ribbon w/3 bronze stars, Combat Infantry Badge, The Bronze Star Medal, The Prisoner of War Medal, and the Victory in Europe Medal. He served in Co.31 Hdg. 109th Infantry. Marvin was captured by the Germans after the Battle of the Bulge when the Germans overran Luxembourg. He saw action in both France and Belgium. After the war he received medical treatment for a number of years. When Marvin entered the Army he weighed 150 lbs. When he was released from the POW Camp he weighed about 80 lbs. It took him years to recover. After he was released from the hospital, he married and started a roofing business and worked for 17 years before moving to California. Marvin lived in Boone Iowa for 30 years and in Des Moines for 17 years where he was the owner of B&B Roofing before moving to California for the next 18 years. In 1983 he retired as a painter for McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
European African Middle Eastern Theater ribbon w/3 bronze stars Bronze Star medal Prisoner of War medal World War II Victory Medal
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