More detail on this person: Lieutenant Colonel Marvin Eugene Or Lucky Day, 65 MARVIN E. DAY Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) - Friday, July 19, 1996 Lt. Col. Marvin Eugene ''Lucky'' Day, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.), died of cancer on July 18, 1996, in his home on the 500 block of Woodards Ford Road. He was 65 years old. Col. Day was born in Joplin, Mo., the son of Elmer and Nellie Day. He graduated from Joplin Senior High School in 1948, and thereafter joined the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy he served in the Arctic Ocean aboard the U.S.S. Edisto, an icebreaker, before receiving orders to flight training in Pensacola, Fla. He was designated a naval aviator in 1951, at which time he accepted a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps. During his career, Lt. Col. Day accumulated over 5,000 hours flight time, including combat operations flying jets in Korea and helicopters in Vietnam. In Vietnam he served first as the executive officer and then commanding officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 363, the ''Lucky Red Lions.'' His personal decorations included the Distinquished Flying Cross, the Navy Commendation Medal with the Combat ''V,'' two Purple Hearts, the Air Medal with four silver stars, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1970. Following his retirement, Col. Day worked for over 20 years as a real estate agent and broker in the Tidewater Area. He was associated with a number of agencies during that period, including Walker Realty and Garman and Associates. He was president and owner of Shamrock Realty. Colonel Day was a York Rite Mason and a member of the Doric Masonic Lodge (NU)44. He was in both the Retired Officers Association and the American Association of Retired Persons. He was a member of South Joplin Christian Church in Joplin, Mo. Col. Day is survived by his wife of 45 years, Shermalene Cleo Garner Day; a son, Sherman Willis Day of Falkville, Ala.; a daughter, Dianne Cleo Tussing of Fredericksburg, Va.; and three grandchildren, Amber Christine and Crystal Dianne Tussing of Fredericksburg, and Matthew Day of Falkville. He is also survived by two nieces, Linda Swager of Carls Junction, Mo., and Karen Day of Joplin, Mo.; five great-nephews and nieces; and five great-great-nephews and nieces. Col. Day will lie in state in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, on Saturday and Sunday. He will be buried with military honors at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, Okla. Pallbearers will be Masons from Grove Masonic Lodge (NU)187, Grove, Okla. Funeral arrangements will be conducted by the Steve Parker Mortuary, Joplin, Mo.
Burial information: G.A.R. Cemetery, Miami, OK
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