Thomas Arrington “Tommy” Marion

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Thomas Arrington “Tommy” Marion

  • Birth 28 Jan
  • Death 6 Jan 1978 Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 29300464

Obituary
Thomas Arrington (Tommy) Marion of 1110 N. Main St., Mount Airy, who was wounded while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in France in World War II, died Friday morning at his home. He would have been 55 on January 28. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, conducted y the Rev. William Pilcher. Burial was in Oakdale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ben Pendleton, Billy Pendleton, Richard Elmore, Dan Pendleton, Ted Ashby and Jim Whittington. A Native of Mount Airy, Mr. Marion was a son of the late C. R. and Grace Arrington Marion and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. The well-known Granite Citian was a star athlete at Mount Airy where he was center and captain of the 1942 State Championship football team. A number of years ago he operated a clothing store here. A squad leader in the 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Marion took part in two invasions. He went into action with a jump over Southern France. The night of September 12 1944, he was lying i a foxhole during a heavy German artillery barrage. A shell hit a tree directly over him and shrapnel fragments raked his body, mangling his left hand badly. Returned to the States by plane, Marion was sent to McGuire General Hospital at Richmond, Va. There his surgeon decided it would be easier to finish amputation of the hand rather than go through the long process of employing plastic surgery to make it usable. But here Marion literally took a hand. He refused the amputation, asked for a transfer to O'Reilly General Hospital at Springfield, Mo., a plastic surgery center. Doctors there sensed his determination, and Marion persuaded them to try and save the hand. Then began a long series of painful operations, involving many skin and bone grafts. Marion spent long days in bed, his hand grafted of healthy skin on other pars of his body. the army decided to close the hospital at Springfield and he was transferred to Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, Pa., where the operations continued. After many operations, the ex-sergeant received his discharge on August 16 1947, and returned to Mount Airy to embark on a belated civilian life with a rebuilt hand. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, the European and American Theatre Ribbons, Victory Medal, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation. Mr. Marion was married to the former Irene Forbes, who preceded him in death. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Roger Kevin (Kandy) McCarthy and Miss Charlotte A. Marion, both of Atlanta, Ga., and Miss Barbara Glenn Marion of the home; one sister, Mrs. Joe (Sara Frances) Gardner of Hickory; three brothers, James Marion of Williamsburg, Va., John Marion of Crescent City, Fla., and Russell Marin of Pacific Grove, Calif.; and two grandchildren.


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  • Created by: Marcus Stanley
  • Added: 25 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29300464
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Arrington “Tommy” Marion (28 Jan–6 Jan 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29300464, citing Oakdale Cemetery, Mount Airy, Surry County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Marcus Stanley (contributor 46925834) .