MEMORIAL DAY: THE LAST TIME LEE MARVIN WAS IN UNIFORM

Memorial Day is obviously more than just big sales and backyard barbecues, especially in reference to Lee Marvin. In wracking my brain trying to come up with an appropriate post for this important holiday, it dawned on me that in spite of all that I have already posted here, I can still comb my research files in search of an all encompassing image and possibly discover SOMETHING new.
Indeed I did. When I made my first trip to Lee’s postwar home near Woodstock, New York, while researching Lee Marvin: Point Blank, I pored over old copies of the local paper, The Daily Freeman (still very much in print, by the way). In doing so, I came across the photo below. I Xeroxed it immediately and kept it prominently in my files. When the book was going to press many years later, I sought out the rights to the photo and discovered it belonged to the same newspaper. My publisher and I inquired as to the rights, expecting to pay an exhorbitant fee for publication. Much to our delight, they merely required proper identification: “Photo courtesy of The Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY.” God bless small town newspapers!
The reproduction from the original that’s in the book is much clearer but I thought it appropriate for Memorial Day to post the first version of the image as I saw it years ago. The look of pride and determination on Marvin’s face still comes through. Keep in mind, not ony is this the last time he probably he wore his Class A Marine Corp. uniform, it’s also less than a year after the war had ended in Sept, 1945. Marvin was only one of seven of the men in his outfit to survive. For Memorial Day, I do beleive you can see it on his face. Click the image to enlarge and read the caption…

Memorial Day, 1946 image from The Daily Freeman reprinted in 1971.

Memorial Day, 1946 image from The Daily Freeman reprinted in 1971.

Lee Marvin in close-up from image above.

Lee Marvin in close-up from image above.

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FOR MEMORIAL DAY: LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK PHOTO PAGE

Memorial Day Tribute

For Memorial Day, which is just weeks away, I’ve chosen to scan and upload a photo page from one of the inserts highlighting Lee Marvin’s time in the USMC in the Pacific during WWII. It became such an important and defining part of his life that these rarely seen photos available for viewing in Lee Marvin Point Blank are posted to highlight the point.

It’s been the cliche to say a picture is worth a thousand words but cliches are often borne of truth and in this case the cliche applies. The images below speak volumes of Lee Marvin’s time in the Marines. For example: Check out the youthful (albeit drunken) look in Marvin’s eyes in the photo of him in the Jeep with his buddies stateside before shipping overseas. Comapre that image to the one below in which he shows some of the captured Japanese arms with fellow Marine Wade Rayborn. It’s not just the mustache. Marvin looks at least a decade older with the look in the eye of a man who’s seen and done a lifetime worth’s of war experience. However, in truth the photos are just months apart!

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Photo page from Lee Marvin Point Blank

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