Why I Serve: Marvin Cox
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.