There Was A Man Whose Name Was Marvin

A face of Memorial Day

Kim McKinney
May 26 · 3 min read
Photo by Kim McKinney

In 1968 a man died at war. His name was Marvin. I never met him, but let me tell you what I know about him.

His full name was Sgt. Marvin Jerome Gaines, Sr. He was born on April 24, 1947. He died November 26, 1968, in the Phuoc Long Province of South Vietnam. He died of multiple fragmentation wounds caused by hostile fire he sustained…