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In Memory of
Donald J. Marnon

Donald James Marnon, a member of Chapter 54, passed away on December 27, 2022. He served in the U.S. Army for many years; including service with U.S. Army Special Forces. He retired in the rank of Colonel. At the time of his death, at age 85, he was a resident of Dothan, Alabama.

Col (Ret.) Donald James Marnon

Donald was born in Buffalo, New York on January 5, 1937. He raised in Melrose, Massachusetts. He was a 1955 graduate of Melrose High School In 1958 he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he attended Officer Candidate School (OCS). Upon retirement from the Army in 1987, he accepted a position with the City of Dothan, Alabama as the City Manager.

He was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from OCS in June 1958. His first assignment was as a Rifle Platoon Leader with the 29th Infantry. Subsequent assignments included:

  • 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Benning
  • 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg
  • 8th Special Forces Group, Panama
  • District Senior Advisor, South Vietnam
  • U.S. Army Infantry Test Board, Fort Benning
  • Senior Advisor, 1st Airborne Battalion, ARVN, Vietnam
  • Ranger Committee, Fort Benning
  • Office of the Inspector General, Fort Benning
  • Exchange Instructor, Canadian Forces Command and Staff College
  • Natick Research and Development Command, Massachusetts
  • Director of Industrial Operations, USAIC, Fort Benning
  • Garrison Commander, Fort Rucker

Colonel Marnon was a graduate of numerous military schools to include Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, Jungle Warfare, Special Forces Officer Course, Defense Language Institute (Spanish) Defense Language Institute (Vietnamese), and Command and General Staff College. His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star with V with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and numerous other awards.


Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 am, Saturday, January 7, 2023
St. Columbia Cathoic Church
Dothan, Alabama

Graveside Services Following Mass
Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery

Arrangements by Holman Mortuary
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Columbia Catholic Church
2700 West Main Street
Dothan, AL 36301

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