WAVERLY, W.Va. (WTAP)- UPDATE: 6:00 PM
In between our shows, the family of Danny contacted us and explained how shocked they were about learning a veteran was searching for their brother.
Danny's family is now scattered between Marietta and Williamstown and has brothers in Parkersburg and New York City. They also have hopes in contacting Dan shortly.
A veteran who fought in what is known as the last battle of the Vietnam War continues to seek for a fallen soldier’s family.
After many years of research, Vietnam veteran Dan Fields discovered a marine from Waverly West Virginia was left behind in the Mayaguez recovery back in 1975.
According to Fields, Private Danny Marshall was one of the three marines left behind during an evacuation and never returned home. He states that for almost 20 years the Military denied anyone was left behind, but eventually those who were the last to interact with the three marines came forward and shared their experiences.
Fields, being a native to West Virginia and personally involved in the Mayaguez recovery, felt that he should reach out to the fallen soldier’s family.
He wants to assure Marshall’s family that he died protecting our country and honor Private Marshall by having a bridge dedicated in his honor. He states that since he can’t go back and fix what happened, the least he could do was to bring honor to his name.
Dan Fields, Vietnam Veteran, explains what happened to Marshall and why he decided to dedicate a bridge in his name. “There was a machine gun team of three marines who were left behind in the confusion of the evacuation. So one of my relatives who was in World War II had a bridge named in his honor in Rome County just outside of Spencer. And I saw that on a visit home and thought that would be an appropriate way to honor Danny Marshall.”
According to Delegate John Kelly, a resolution will be introduced to Legislature in January to rename a few bridges, including one for Marshall.