Veterans Day is yet another time to honor the memory of Lee Marvin, and the honor is provided courtesy of Leatherneck Magazine. I was quite surprised to find out how long the magazine has actually been in existence. This month marks Leatherneck Magazine’s 100th anniversary. Not surprising since November 10th marks the 242nd anniversary of the Marine Corp itself, so there’s some symmetry there.
Equally surprising is the the date in which Veteran’s Day is observed. November 11th was chosen due to the Armistice being signed on that date in WWI, which by the way, it remains Armistice Day in other countries for that reason. Oh, and in case you ever wondered why such organizations as the American Legion sell paper red poppies to raise money, there’s an interesting reason for that, as well. Red poppies were seen blooming on the hills of the Western Front amid the carnage following the armistice of WWI. For some reason I take comfort in that symbolism of life among the dead, instead of selling toy guns or something.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Lee Marvin was interviewed by Leatherneck Magazine about a year before his death making it one of the last ones he ever gave to a periodical. I cam across it during my early research for Lee Marvin Point Blank and found it both insightful and humorous. Unfortunately, upon further research, I discovered some of the facts to be incorrect (Monte Marvin came out of WWII with a Sergeant’s rank, not a captain), making it hard to use anything in it other than Lee Marvin’s quotes. In the long run, that worked out best as it helped me decide to write the chapter on Lee’s time in the USMC strictly in his own words from letters he wrote home during the war. It became one of my favorite exclusives to the book, if you haven’t read it.
So, without further adieu, I give you Lee Marvin speaking freely to Leatherneck. Enjoy and have a good Veteran’s Day!
– Dwayne Epstein

Page 1 of Leatherneck Magazine’s July 1986 interview with Lee Marvin.

Page 2 of Leatherneck Magazine’s Lee Marvin interview.

Page 3 of Leatherneck Magazine’s Lee Marvin interview.

Page 4 of Leatherneck Magazine’s Lee Marvin interview.

Page 5 of Leatherneck Magazine’s Lee Marvin interview.

Page 6 of Leatherneck Magazine’s Lee Marvin interview.


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Monte Marvin
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.


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