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Michael Lusk | Marvin

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by Michael Lusk

Marvin is the true story of an American hero who as a teen was captured and participated in the Bataan Death March and was held captive for the entire WWII.
Genre: Country: Americana
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This is Marvin, a tribute to The Greatest Generation. Marvin is also a true story. In the early 1950’s, my parents, my sister and I moved from Campbell, Ohio (A slum suburb of Youngstown) to Compton, CA and right next door to Marvin Wright, his wife Gladys and his step daughter Linda Simpson. What I was too young to understand at the time was, Marvin had been captured by the Japanese in early 1942 while still a teen and became a participant in the infamous Bataan Death March. Marvin spent the rest of WWII in a POW camp where he was beaten and tortured daily. According to the Army, Marvin is among the longest captive POW’s of WWII. I remember seeing Marvin slide his pant legs up to expose the ugly scars on his legs where his captors kicked him regularly with their steel toed boots as they laughed at him and the others in their charge. As it turned out, I knew Marvin up through my early 30’s. I worked for him briefly at an oil field job right out of high school and lived a block from him in the mid 70’s. We occasionally had morning coffee at the Denny's 5 Points in Huntington Beach before I lost track of him. I also lost track of Linda Simpson and wish I hadn’t as her and I had been young buddies together and I would like her to have this. The song tells the story and as I said is a tribute to Marvin and The Greatest Generation. Performed by the very talented Michael Lusk. Enjoy Marvin.



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