27 Nov 2013 — Ashland, Ashland, Ohio
U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949
USS LST 284 on commissioning 25 Nov 1943, date of sailing
25 Nov 1943, Muster Date:
Line 16, Kenton M Marble
Service Number: 283 05 77, Rank: PhM2c
Date of Enlistment: 4 Dec 1942 at Birmingham, Alabama
for the quarter ending 30 Sep 1944
Muster Date: 13 Apr 1944
for the quarter ending 30 Jun 1945
Rank: PhM1c, Muster Date: 25 Sep 1945, date of sailing from Tokohama, Japan to Unknown Destination.
Kenton Maurice Marble, the son of Duane Pierce Marble and Magdalena Knapp, was born on March 12, 1912 in Ashland, Ashland County, Ohio.
Kenton Maurice Marble served in the United States Navy from December 5, 1942 to October 10, 1945. He became a Hospital Apprentice Second Class on January 16, 1942 at the Hospital Corps School, Portsmouth, Virginia. In 1943, Kent was a Pharmacist 2-c (second class), at U.S. Naval Hospital, Bainbridge, Maryland. Kenton kept a Diary from February 1945 to July 21 1945 (1st book) and from July 21 1945 to October 10, 1945 (2nd book) while serving on the U.S.S. LST 284 in the Pacific. This diary is now in the possession of nephew, Terry Lawrence Patterson.
Note: LST stands for Landing Ship Tank. A common nickname was Large Slow Target. With the ship's slow speed (12 knots max) and her valuable cargo of troops, tanks, and ammo, she was an attractive target for the Japanese planes. She had only one big gun.
Excerpts from Kenton Maurice Marble's Diary
12 May 1945 ..Jap Air Raid 14th ... Jap Air Raid 28th... Air Raid 11 June ... Suicide plane shot down about fifty feet from our port side. 12 June...Expecting Typhoon. 21st...Anchored off Leyte
22 July 1945 ..Mary dearest sweetheart, sometimes I believe I go mad just thinking of you. I can't look at the moon or stars without wondering if you are looking at them and think the same as I.
23 July 1945 ..Native girls on the beach, nearby, trying to entice the boys ashore for "pom-pom" for the price of twenty to thirty pesos, ($10-$15). Girls stand on the beach raising arms, and shaking it, lifting dresses, wiggling, or shaking their bodies. Very disgusting.
24 July ..Back to old Anchorage(Alaska). Nothing New. 27th .. Darling Mary, I miss you 31st ...same old thing
1 August ..New Month.. Starting it off with more waiting. I could even welcome an Air-Raid or Invasion! No mail for 3 days..I miss your letters, Mary.
8 August ..Hot - Operation this morning. Hot as the devil and sweat so much couldn't hardly see to work. Stokes F.D. 5 ½ infection Right Hand 3rd finger.
10 August .. Movie at 20:15 named "Animal Kingdom" Word came over Radio of Japan offering to Surrender. Couldn't hardly see the Movies. Overcome with emotion and joy. Wondered if you had heard that wonderful news too. Rockets, Flares, and Shell Bursts, like a 4th of July Celebration
23 September ..Arrived Tokyo Bay--no word on discharges
26 September .. Ship is the first to leave Japan unescorted
27 September .. Can't hardly believe I am Really on my way home for good. Thank God for letting me go back.
On October 8, 1945, Kent left the U.S.S. General Sturgis in Seattle, Washington and on October 10, 1945 he left Seattle for Memphis, Tennessee for Discharge from the service.
Kent ran the "Tennessee Tree Service" P.O. Box 5 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Kent (as a stepfather) with wife, Mary Edna raised Duane Bradshaw (from age 8) and Sybil Annette (from age 4). Kent and Mary took many childhood photos of Duane and Sybil. Kent and Mary helped Duane Thera in their early marriage years by giving them luxuries like a portable TV and providing necessities such as coal to keep warm. Kent and Mary gave Duane's 3 sons a swing set. Kenton Maurice Marble and Mary Edna Bailey were married October 19, 1937 in Columbus, Mississippi. Kenton died of a heart attack at age 48 on January 15, 1960. Kent and Mary are buried a Liberty Church Cemetery, Gordon, AL.
Buried at Liberty Church Cemetery, Kent has a headstone/tombstone and a military footstone. The military footstone has a circled cross emblem on top. The inscription: Kenton M. Marble, Alabama, PHM1 USNR, World War II, March 12 1912 Jan 15 1960 (Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class, United States Naval Reserve)