ENS Marshall Henry Hicks Jr.

ENS Marshall Henry Hicks Jr.

Birth
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Death 11 Jun 1945 (aged 22)
Indonesia
Burial Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Garden A
Memorial ID 59722355 View Source
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Ensign Marshall Henry Hicks, Jr., USNR was co-pilot of a PBM-5 bomber float plane that was shot down during World War II. Marshall's plane was forced down on June 4, 1945 after receiving fire from a Japanese warship and made an emergency landing near the island of Celebes, now known as Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The crew went ashore and the following day engaged the Japanese land forces in an all day battle. Marshall was taken prisoner along with his skipper and three enlisted men in the crew. He was badly wounded and his captors refused him medical care or food. He died five days later in captivity.

Marshall was a native of Columbia, South Carolina and the son of a World War I veteran. At the age of 12 he was named a member of the College Park Methodist Church and he was an outstanding leader in youth activities at the church.

After the war his body was returned to the United States and he is buried at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Columbia.

Marshall was awarded the Silver Star, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart among other medals.


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