From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Marshall '32

Date of birth: May 8, 1910

Date of death: June 10, 1951

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


From the September 1951 issue of Shipmate:

CDR. JAMES GILBERT MARSHALL died on June 10, 1951 as a result of burns from pierside flash fire, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which claimed lives of seven men.

Commander Marshall was born May 10, 1910 in Nashville, Tenn. He holds the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with V, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Letter of Commendation and the Croix de Guerre.

Commander Marshall was buried in Arlington Cemetery on June 22, 1951. His funeral service was conducted by R. Adm. Stanton Salisbury, Chief of Chaplains. Pall bearers were Capt. K. S. Masterson, Capt. W. T. Zink, Capt. Clayton Simmers, Capt. Gilbert Mitchell, Capt. A. A. Ovrom, Capt. George Wilson, Lt. Cdr. Philip Gutting, Lt. Cdr. Fred Williams and Lt. Cdr. William Arthur, classmates and officers who served with Commander Marshall in Guantanamo Bay.

Commander Marshall is survived by his widow, Mary Emma Allen Marshall and two children, James Allen, age 11 years, and Mary Lee, age 7 years. They are making their home for the present in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


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He was the executive officer of Navy Reserve Air Base Miami from 1934 to 1937.

He was commanding officer of USS DuPont (DD 152) from Jan 25 1943 - Mar 17 1944. The ship was found to be the cause of a collision near the Brooklyn Navy Yard on March 12, 1943.

James was commanding officer of USS Doyle (DD 494) from Mar 26 1944 - Jun 30 1945.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Commander James Gilbert Marshall (NSN: 0-71343), United States Navy, for meritorious performance of duty as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. DOYLE (DD-494), in action against the German coastal defenses and troop concentrations in the Bay of the Seine, France, on 6, 7, and 8 June 1944. As a unit of the Close Fire Support Group, the U.S.S. DOYLE closed the range to the beaches and while under enemy artillery fire delivered an accurate and effective fire on enemy artillery and mortar emplacements and on enemy troop concentrations which were firing on our troops on the landing beaches and holding up their advance. Commander Marshall skillfully and efficiently handled his ship and directed the fire of his batteries so that this Fire Support was of invaluable aid to our own forces. The courageous devotion to duty displayed by Commander Marshall reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 12th Fleet: Serial 9465 (October 10, 1944)
Action Date: June 6 - 8, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Doyle (DD-494)

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Commander James Gilbert Marshall (NSN: 0-71343), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer, U.S.S. DUPONT, while engaged in action against an enemy submarine during 12 - 13 December 1943. Proceeding immediately to the scene of an airplane sighting of an enemy submarine, the U.S.S. DUPONT made contact with the enemy shortly after arriving in the area. Holding continuous contact for seven hours, Commander Marshall delivered several underwater attacks which resulted in severe damage to the enemy. Following the loss of contact after a total of twenty individual and coordinated attacks had been made, Commander Marshall participated in prolonged search and hold down operations which prevented the damaged enemy from escaping on the surface. As a result of the damage inflicted by the series of attacks and the restricting of the enemy to the immediate area by prompt, aggressive action taken during the night when the U-Boat attempted to surface, the submarine, unable to escape, was later relocated, attacked and destroyed. Commander Marshall's aggressiveness, zeal, and determination in attacking and searching for the enemy during two days of intensive operations were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Commander Marshall is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

General Orders: Commander in Chief Atlantic: Serial 2970 (August 27, 1943)
Action Date: December 12 - 13, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Dupont

Class of 1932

James is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.