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Marshall Eugene Spencer ( Missoula 1942 )

posted: Jun 2, 2010

Marshall died May 29, 2010, in Hamilton, Montana, from bladder cancer. He was born March 6, 1921, in Twin Falls, Idaho. He lived near Filer, Idaho, and graduated from Filer High School in 1939. Marshall jumped at Missoula during the 1942 season making nine training and three fire jumps while being stationed at Seeley Lake.

He graduated from the University of Idaho Forestry School in 1943 and went to Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Marshall landed at Omaha Beach as a replacement officer shortly after D-Day and was in combat in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He was seriously wounded in October of 1944 and spent 19 months of hospitalization and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

After the war he worked for the USFS in Region 1 for 18 years and transferred to Madison, Wis. and Washington, D.C. His last assignment was in Berkeley, Calif., as assistant director at the Pacific Forest and Range Experiment Station. He retired in 1977, after 35 years of service and moved back to Montana in 1978.

He was been active throughout his life and belonged to many organizations. In 1991 he was chosen Man of the Year for Region 6 and received the award at a special ceremony where he was presented with a plaque by the governor.

His further education consisted of a two-year course in real estate at the Diablo Valley College, Labor Management School at the University of San Francisco College, and previous programs sponsored by the U.S Forest Service. In 1999, he was invited to Kerkrade, Netherlands in remembrance of his help in liberating Limberg.