Lee Marvin was not only justifiably proud of his time in the Marines during WWII, he was equally proud of his family’s history of service to the country. In honor of that service and the upcoming holiday, here are some extremely rare images of the Marvin family in uniform.
First, Lee’s father, Lamont Waltham Marvin (Monte to his friends and ‘Chief’ to his sons), is pictured in his World War I uniform as a young 1st Lieutenant. The story of Monte’s experience in WWI greatly effected his two sons in their childhood and is detailed in Lee Marvin Point Blank.
In World War II, with both of his sons in the thick of the fight, Monte decided to rejoin the Army at the age of 40 but without his commission. 1st Sergeant Monte Marvin would often send home to wife Courtenay and to his sons overseas, the following pictures:
As the war dragged on, so too did Monte’s spirits as detailed in Lee Marvin Point Blank. Below are 2 extremely rare pictures of Monte Marvin towards the end of the war in 1945. The one on top was sent home to Courtenay, while the one below it shows Monte (2nd to the right) working in Army Intelligence in Europe.