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Ensign Samuel Marsh, Jr.
MIA / KIA aboard JM-1 Marauder 66617

Born Sept 16, 1920. He was born in Huntington, West Virginia, then he lived in East Liverpool, OH.

Joined the US Navy. He met Edith Sonnenschein, who he met at a USO club at Minneapolis. Marsh proposed to Edith at Lake of Isles in Minneapolis. Married on October 1, 1943 at Pensacola, Florida on the day of his commissioning. Next, based at NAS North Island during November - December 1943.

Marsh was assigned to VJ-2 a utility squadron. Served in the Pacific, including Pityilu Island during middle to late 1944. Marsh was killed flying as co-pilot aboard JM-1Marauder 66617 on December 29, 1944.

Edith Lange (nee Sonnenschein, widow of Marsh):
"I am the widow of the late  Ensign Samuel Marsh, Jr. We met in March 1943. I am Jewish and was in Austria when Hitler invaded on March 12, 1938. I was very lucky and left a year later. I managed to escape Europe aboard the Queen Mary at Cherbourg, France. We entered the United States legally, got an affidavit for help. The mayor of Minneapolis had a round table meeting and and gave my letter to the reformed temple in Minneapolis. During the war, my Rabbi told us we should do something, and I volunteered at the USO, and met Samuel Marsh. We got married October 1, 1943. He was supposed to get the next rank after new years. He died  December 29th 1944 in a plane crash, he was stationed in Pityilu as  copilot  to VJ-2. I was never told anything about his loss. I remember at 7pm a young boy delivered the telegram that will all I was ever told. Years later, I attended a reunion of VJ-2 at San Diego and some of the men told me more about his crash. They said water was in the fuel tank due to the hot tropical climate, and caused it to crash. That was the first I had ever been told. I hope to hear from any survivors of this crash. After the war, I remarried. I  still do volunteering  at Naval medical center  at Balboa in San Diego."

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References
Thanks to Edith Lange (widow of Marsh) for additional information



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