|Marvin R. Marston (b. 5 Jan 1889 - d. 21 July 1980) wrote "Men of the Tundra, Alaska Eskimos at War"|
Marston had served in in the Army during World War One and when the Second World War loomed, he felt a patriotic desire to serve again. Next to nothing was known about Alaska in military circles, but Marston's "bush" experience seemed to military authorities in the national capital to qualify him for that remote area. Early in 1941, commissioned as a major, he was assigned to Fort Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska.
During World War II Marvin "Muktuk" Marston was appointed by the Territorial Governor of Alaska to establish the Alaska Territorial Guard as a reserve component of the Army.
He earned the "Muktuk" nickname from the Alaskan natives by winning a "whaleskin and blubber" eating contest.