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|75k||Benjamin Raymond Marsh, Jr. was born 11 October 1916 in Lansing, Michigan to Mr. Ben & Mrs. Marjory Marsh. He attended the University of Wyoming from Fall of 1935 to Spring of 1936 and transferred to the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, attending from 1936 to 1938. He was an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve 17 August 1940 at Detroit and completed his enlistment 13 February 1941 following his initial training aboard the USS Arkansas. He was appointed midshipman in the U.S. Naval Reserve the following day, receiving his commission as ensign 15 May 1941 after completing all required courses at the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Initially assigned to USS Tangier on 15 May 1941, he was transferred 4 November 1941 to USS Arizona. Ensign Marsh was declared dead following the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart by General Order #186 on 21 January 1943 so ordered by the Secretary of the Navy. Also awarded posthumously was the American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp and the World War II Victory Medal on 18 November 1946.
USS Marsh (DE 699) (1944-1973) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo and information from the Alpha Tau Omega Archives, University of Illinois Archives Research Center and thanks to the University of Wyoming for their assistance on providing information on Ensign Marsh. )
|93k||25 September 1943: Bay City MI - USS Marsh slides sideways into the water at Defoe Shipbuilding after being christened by Mrs. Ben Marsh.|
|113k||A later bow view of Marsh, which illustrates the divergence of naval staff views between the RN and USN at war's end, in dealing with the fast U-boats. While the RN went in for the Squid mortars, the USN relied on the Hedgehog, and here two are fitted side by side in the B position. [U.S. Navy photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]||Edib Krlicbegovic,
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|51k||One of the floating power stations, Marsh of the 'Buckley' type. Taken in Hawaii, this shows the power points in place of the torpedo tubes, a new type bridge and postwar radar aerials at the masthead. [US Navy photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]|
|65k||undated Korean War news clipping||Jon & Kari Stacy|
|147k||September 1957, San Francisco Bay (© Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.)||Robert M. Cieri|
|498k||circa early 1958: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Gilligan (DE 508), Marsh (DE 699), and Goss (DE 444) moored together at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station. USS George Clymer (APA 27) is moored in the background. (My grandfather, RMC Harold Jacobson, took this picture. He served in WWII on active duty then stayed with the reserves until his retirement. He passed away last year and I found a box of his old slide photos and had them put to a CD. I believe it was taken in Pearl Harbor and I suspect the year was 1958 but I don't know for sure. I don't know what ship he was standing on when he took this picture. I would love to find out what ship or class it is.)||John Jacobson
|71k||25 August 1959||-|
|132k||undated: USS Raby (DE 698) going full astern prior to departing Pearl Harbor. In the foreground is Marsh with crewmen preparing the ship for departure. (U.S. Naval Institute Press Photo from the book "Anti-submarine Warfare: An Illustrated History"" by David Owen)||Robert Hurst|
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