Pfc. Marvin Marksberry
| Pfc. Marvin
Marksberry was one of six sons born to Lillie
& James Marksberry. He was born on April
21, 1919, and raised in Grant County,
Kentucky. He was the couple's third oldest
Like many young men of the day, Marvin only completed a grammar school education. He enlisted in the U. S. Army and was inducted on March 3, 1941 at Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Marvin was sent to Fort Knox, Kentucky where he
was assigned to D Company, 192nd Tank
Battalion. After training for eight months
he participated in maneuvers in Louisiana.
In the late summer of 1941, Marvin took part in
maneuvers at Camp Polk, Louisiana. After
the maneuvers, the 192nd, was ordered to remain
behind at the fort.
Marvin arrived in the Philippines and was sent to Ft. Stotsenburg. The 192nd was housed in tents along the main road between the fort and Clark Airfield. The morning of December 8, 1941, just ten hours after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attacked the airfield and destroyed the American Army Air Corps.
During the Battle of the Philippines, D Company fought with the 194th Tank Battalion but was never officially transferred to the battalion. The evening of April 8, 1942, Marvin and the other members heard the news of the Filipino and American surrender to the Japanese.
On April 9, 1941, Marvin became a Prisoner of War. He took part in the death march and was held as a POW at Camp O'Donnell. He was also held at Cabanatuan. On July 23, 1943, Marvin was taken to the Port Area of Manila and boarded onto the Clyde Maru for a 15 day trip to Japan. He arrived there at Moji on August 7, 1943.
In Japan, Marvin was held at
Fukuoka #3. The POWs in the camp
were used as slave labor at the Yawata Steel
Mills. Marvin remained in the camp until
he was liberated in September 1945. He was
promoted to corporal. After being returned
to the Philippines for medical care, he boarded
the U.S.S. Marine Shark which arrived at
Seattle, Washington, on November 1, 1945.
Marvin returned to Kentucky and later resided in Lexington. He passed away in May 23, 1981. He was buried in Keefer Cemetery in Corinth, Grant County, Kentucky.