MARSHALL, MARION ANTHONY
Name: Marion Anthony Marshall Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force, NAV Unit: 13th TFS Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Upper Marlboro MD Date of Loss: 03 July 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 180720N 1054347E (WF778023) Status (In 1973): Missing In Action Category: Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E Missions: 51 North Vietnam 266 Total Other Personnel In Incident: Stephen H. Cuthbert, remains returned, pilot
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK.
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SYNOPSIS: The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber and interceptor, photo and electronic surveillance. The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2), and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles, depending on stores and mission type). The F4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and high altitudes. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes around.
The F4J fighter plane piloted by Stephen Cuthbert and navigated by Marion "Tony" Marshall was shot down on July 3, 1972, 70 miles northwest of Dong Hoi in North Vietnam. A September 1972 Radio Hanoi broadcast stated that the North Vietnamese had captured Capt. Marshall and mentioned the pilot, Cuthbert, by name.
Marshall was taken prisoner and subsequently released in the spring of 1973. He maintains that he never revealed the correct name of his pilot, although just one week before he was to be released, Marshall's Vietnamese captors returned his personal belongings to him, and included Cuthbert's custom-made wedding band.
The Vietnamese deny any knowledge of Cuthbert. They maintain that to "discover" additional information on Americans, they must have increased "cooperation" from the United States so that their people will perceive "good will." Cuthbert is one of nearly 2500 Americans lost in Southeast Asia, and only one of many about whom the Vietnamese have certain knowledge which they are withholding.
Stephen H. Cuthbert was promoted to the rank of Major during the period he was maintained Missing in Action.
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
MARION A. MARSHALL Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: July 3, 1972 Released: March 29, 1973
I was born in Washington, D. C. and lived in Maryland with my mother and sister until I entered the United States Air Force Academy in June 1964, after graduating from Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. I graduated from the Academy in 1968 and attended Navigator Training and Electronic Warfare Training at Mather Air Force Base, California. After survival training, I spent a year at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida in the F-4 I was then assigned to the 13th TFS at Udorn RTAB, Thailand. I remained with this Sierra Hotel Squadron from April 1971 until that fateful day-3 July 1972.
Upon completion of my normal tour at Udorn, RTAB, Thailand, I extended for six additional months. I was on a mission as an F-4 backseater on a Fast FAC (Foward Air Controller) mission in the southern part of North Vietnam on 3 July 1972. While we were in a dive to mark a target our external centerline fuel tank apparently collapsed, causing the aircraft to become uncontrollable. I was ejected by the aircraft commander. I must have been in shock following the ejection because I can only remember hitting the ground and standing there dazed for an unknown length of time. My next conscious recollection is of helping the Vietnamese remove my gun and G-suit after which I do not recall anything until I suddenly "awakened," to find myself stripped and tied in an underground bunker - here I first realized that I was in trouble and completely alone. It was an empty feeling I was moved to a village during the night and interrogated the following day.
The interrogation was surprisingly brief and shallow, and the treatment was outstanding - compared to what I had expected. I told them that I was on the mission as a photographer, hoping to escape before my story caught up with me. I reached Hanoi after traveling by jeep for five nights and hiding during the days, spent Eve days in a loose solitary confinement and was moved with four other men from the Hilton to the Zoo, where we moved in with four additional men who had been captured recently. I remained at the Zoo until I was repatriated on 29 March 1973, except for a brief return trip to the Hilton during the December campaign.
I was confident that it was simply a matter of time until I would be released - whenever the war ended, and since I knew early that my family knew that I was OK, I did not suffer any anxiety over my situation as my training had prepared me for the worst possible situation. Also, I of course, always realized that I faced this possibility whenever I went on a mission.
The most difficult part of my internment was living with the knowledge that I had caused my family and friends to suffer a period of anxiety and worry, for which they could never be properly prepared. They were among the lucky ones however. The families of the men who are still MIA have endured and continue to endure a pain far worse than any torture we could have suffered. My prayers are with these families.
Marion Marshall is a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force. He is stationed in California with his wife Veta.
The search for Capt. Tony Marshall Saturday August 25, 2001, 09:25:03 PM
A television advertisement for the movie "Apocalypse Now Redux," a revision of the Vietnam war classic, droned in the background as I searched a "junk drawer" at home for something I had lost. It was one of those annoying searches. The type that makes you mutter: "It's gotta be here someplace."....