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Marvin L Markus


Marvin was born on May 19, 1925 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. While in high school, he was active in FFA and was president of the Kingfisher County FFA from 1942-1943. After graduation, he volunteered into active duty in the U.S Army Air Corps and received basic training in Shephard Field, Texas. He was transferred to aerial gunnery school in Las Vegas, Nevada then on to aerial navigation school in Denver, Colorado. Then, he went to St. John's University in Minnesota for advanced 4-engine aircraft training. Marvin was assigned to an aircraft bombing crew in Tampa, Florida. His crew would eventually be called into combat duty based at Horham airfield in England. His duties included master bombardier, relief operator navigator and co-pilot. He had 28 full bombing runs and 3 Food drops over Holland. He returned to the United States and received his Honorable Discharge. On July 19, 1945 Marvin married Dorothy Ellen O'Niel of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. After 6 years of automotive parts and service training in Kingfisher and Enid, Oklahoma, he moved to Bartlesville in 1951. He assumed original ownership and Management of M & M Automotive. During this time he extended automotive branches in Dewey, Caney and Independence, Kansas. He retired as of March 31, 2003. Marvin was an active member of Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce. He was chairman of Washington County Cancer Society for 2 years. Marvin was a charter member of the Automotive Wholesalers of Oklahoma and served as active president for 2 years and National Director for 3 years. Marvin has been an active member of St. John's Catholic Church since 1951.


Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 335th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-6838 Spirit of Martinez, Cal's Rascals

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 27/11/44; Grenier 16/12/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-E] Horham 1/1/45; battle damaged Chemnitz 6/2/45 with D.V. Tregoning, force landed B-53, Merville, Bel. then rep; 53m, Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; Sth Plains 23/6/45;...


Date Contributor Update
09 August 2020 17:39:49 decwriter Changes to service number and awards

NARA files verified ASN and AM w/3 oak leaf clusters.

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01 July 2019 03:16:58 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to biography

revision of bio

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03 December 2018 20:59:25 spiritofmartinez45 Changes to biography

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27 September 2014 18:19:47 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /