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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Why I Serve: Marvin Cox

Marvin Cox Sr. of Prattville served in the Navy during World War II.

He was a heavy mine sweeper in the Pacific from 1941 to 1946.

Cox was working in Auburn and his name was coming up to the draft board, so he decided to join the Navy instead of being drafted into the Army.

He volunteered “for the protection of our country. We gotta stay prepared,” he said.

The service of WWII veterans was monumental in his eyes.

“Winning that war was the turning point of freedom,” he said.

But he has just as much respect for those serving today.

“They’ve got the love of country ... to volunteer today with the situation like it is,” he said.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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