Marvin, Lee, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
Primary Unit
1944-1945, Casual Co
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Private 1st Class

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 Personal Details 

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
New York
Last Address
New York
Date of Passing
Aug 29, 1987
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery (VLM) - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 7A, Lot 176, Map Grid U-24

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
National Cemetery Administration (NCA)Celebrities Who Served
  1987, National Cemetery Administration (NCA)
  2014, Celebrities Who Served

 Tributes from Members  
Thank you posted by Smith, Robert
PFC LEE MARVIN USMC posted by 03 Welch, Rick (Recon), Sgt 253
Loved your movies! posted by 03 Bailes, Lenard (Len), Sgt -Deceased 
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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
 Unit Assignments
1st Bn, 24th Marines (1/24)4th Marine Division3rd Bn, 24th Marines (3/24)USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  1943-1943, H&S Co, 1st Bn, 24th Marines (1/24)
  1944-1944, 4th Marine Division
  1944-1944, I Co, 3rd Bn, 24th Marines (3/24)
  1944-1945, Casual Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Eastern Mandates Campaign (1944)/Operation Flintlock/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Operation Forager: Battle for Saipan
 Colleges Attended
Saint Leo University
  1940-1941, Saint Leo University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Interesting Facts
  Grave Site
  Lee Marvin
  Aug 31, 2013, Other Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity:

I grew up with his movies, and he is a personal hero of mine still. SEMPER FI, LEE. Lee Marvin was born on February 19, 1924, he served with the Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific and was awarded a Purple Heart for a wound that he received there. He was wounded (in the buttocks) by fire which severed his sciatic nerve, during the battle for Saipan in June 1944. On his return, he became a movie actor and starred in a number of motion pictures until his death in Arizona on August 29, 1987. He is buried in Section 7-A of Arlington National Cemetery, not far from the Memorial Amphitheater and the Tomb of the Unknowns. 

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Actor. He is best remembered for his tough-guy roles in such movies as "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962), "Cat Ballou" (1965), "Sergeant Riker" (1968) and dozens of western and military movies, sometimes as the hero and often as a villain. Born in New York City, he was named in honor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who was his first cousin, four times removed. Incorrigible as a youth, he was thrown out of numerous schools, until he enlisted in the Marine Corps at the beginning of World War II. He was wounded in June 1944 during the Battle of Saipan, and spent the remainder of the war convalescing in New York. Released from the military at the end of the war, he obtained work as a plumber's apprentice, and while repairing a toilet in a theater, was asked to stand-in for a sick actor during a rehearsal. Bitten by a love of acting, he returned to New York City, where he studied acting and began to play small roles in off-Broadway productions. After a long run of small television roles, he moved to Hollywood, where he began playing villains and cops, mostly as an extra. Given a leading role in "Eight Iron Men" (1952), he became noticed as an actor, and better roles came his way. He had a very successful run as a police detective in the television series "M Squad" (1957-1960). His only Oscar came from his dual role as a drunken gunfighter and his evil, noseless twin brother in the western comedy, "Cat Ballou" (1965). In 1969, he played a drunken gold-miner, Ben Rumson, in the comedy film, "Paint Your Wagon," one of the few films in which he sings, and when the song "Wandering Star" from that film was played separately over the radio, it earned him a gold record (over 1 million copies sold), which surprised him as much as the public. He is also remembered for a legal court fight when his long-term relationship with actress Michelle Triola broke up and she sued for "palimony" rights to his property. She won the right to sue him, but eventually lost the case; the case set legal precedence for unmarried cohabiters to sue for alimony and other property rights with equal force of law as married partners. He died in Tucson, Arizona, of a heart attack.

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