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Melvin Charles Marshall

November 27, 1919 ~ June 3, 2018 (age 98)

Melvin “Mel” Charles Marshall of San Diego peacefully passed away on June 3, 2018.  Born to Lee and Ella Marshall, Mel spent his first 20-plus years growing up in Syracuse, New York.  Shortly after graduating from high school, Mel enlisted in the Army Air Force and upon completion of Army basic training; Sergeant Marshall attended the Army’s Installation Weather Observer School, Keesler Field, Mississippi, where he was trained as a Weather Observer (MOS 784).  From Keesler Field, he was deployed to various locations throughout the European theater while assigned to the 21st Weather Squadron.  During his deployment, he supported “Operation Gomorrah,” “Operation Overlord,” “Operation Market Garden” and the Battle of the Bulge.  After Germany surrendered, Sergeant Marshall returned to Mitchel Field, New York, where he separated from the Air Corps on September 26, 1945.  Sergeant Marshall was decorated with the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Returning to Syracuse, Mel attended Syracuse University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Engineering.  It was while attending college, he met the former Alicia Saprissa and was married and had their first of three children.  Soon thereafter, they moved to San Diego, California where Mel was employed with Rohr Industries for 32 years.  In 1980, Mel married the former Ruth Mittrick of San Diego and most recently celebrated 37 of marriage.

Besides his professional achievements, he loved freshwater fishing, playing bridge, and family camping.  As a pastime, he closely followed Syracuse’s football and his beloved San Diego Chargers.

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