Corporal Marvin Wessley Chrisp
Reflections on this veteran's military service
Submitted by Lisa Curenton
At age 91 (as of June 2017), I'm lucky to be alive. They tell us the earth has been here for millions of years, but humans have been here for only a short time. I'm not sure if we know how human animals developed their superior brains, but I'd like to live on to find out.
I grew up poor, but with the G.I. bill I was able to go to college. I was interested in teaching and became certified to teach elementary school and secondary school. I taught 7 years in public schools and went on to a 25-year career in two Ohio Universities.
At age 18, I was drafted into the U.S. military and assigned to the Army Air Corps, which trained me to be a gunner on an airplane. I was then sent to the Philippine Islands and stationed on the Island of Luzon. I was there until the war with Japan ended in Sept. 1945. I became discharged in May of 1946.
Marvin W. Chrisp is the father-in-law of a 33-year retired Lakewood employee.