John O. Marsh Jr., former Secretary of the Army from Harrisonburg, dies

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — John O. Marsh Jr., who served in the United States House of Representatives for Virginia, has died at the age of 92.

Secretary of the US Army John O. Marsh arrives at a ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Rome during World War II on Feb. 6, 1984 | Photo: The U.S. National Archives

Marsh graduated from Harrisonburg High School, served in the National Guard as the Company Commander of the 116th Infantry Regiment in the 29th Division, and was deployed to Vietnam.

He served in the House of Representatives as a Democrat from 1963 to 1971. According to a New York Times bio about him in the '80s, he fought in Vietnam for a month without telling his company that he was a congressman.

He served as the Secretary of the Army from 1981-1989 under President Ronald Reagan.

Marsh passed away this Monday, Feb. 4 in Raphine. He was 92 years old.

You can read more online in his biography in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

His son, Dr. Rob Marsh, has led a storied life of his own, from surviving critical injuries during the Battle of Mogadishu to earning national awards for his work as a country doctor in the Shenandoah Valley. You can learn more about his story in a a WHSV special report.