Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, whose district covers Danville and San Ramon, recognized the 16th Assembly District's 2014 Veteran of the Year late last month.
U.S. Navy Supply Corps Chief Warrant Officer Carl Marble enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday in 1936. The Lafayette resident served in the Navy for 30 years before retiring from the naval reserves.
He was initially assigned to the USS Lexington, then to the USS Enterprise. During Pearl Harbor, he manned a machine gun on top of a building. By 1942, he was transferred to the USS Wright where he was stationed at Guadalcanal as an aviation and general supply officer. He and his fellow service members endured Japanese bombing raids every day for over a year, which caused Marble to suffer from serious health effects.
In 1944, he returned to the U.S. as an aviation materials control officer at the Alameda Naval Station and also the Oakland Naval Supply Depot. At the end of World War II, Marble was assigned to be the USS Leyte's aviation supply officer. He ended his active service in 1956 on the USS Bon Homme Richard, and continued serving in the naval reserve for 10 more years.
Buchanan said of Marble, "His long-standing service to our nation is to be commended. We thank him and all veterans for their service to our country and tremendous sacrifice and dedication. Without their courageous actions, we would not experience the freedoms we enjoy today."