Jack W. Marlowe (1968/04/16)
Jack's productive life unraveled with only thirty days remaining in his Vietnam tour.
Jack William Marlowe was born to James and Patricia Marlowe on May 1, 1946. Along with brothers James and Jay, he was raised and attended school in nearby Gilroy, California. During his formative years, Marlowe was active in Little League, the Boy Scouts and the youth activities of the First Baptist Church in Gilroy. When he entered high school, he affiliated with DeMolay, a Masonic youth organization and became a life member.
Upon graduation from Gilroy High School in 1964, Marlowe enrolled in the two-year business program at Cabrillo College in Aptos. While in college, he joined the Circle Y business fraternity. After completing his Associate of Arts program, he was employed by the County Bank of Santa Cruz.
In February 1967 Jack Marlowe received his draft notice and entered the US Army. Following his basic and advanced infantry training in the summer of 1967, he was assigned to the 199th Light Infantry Brigade of the Americal Division in Vietnam.
When the Tet New Year Offensive began in January 1968, Jack's unit secured the main infiltration routes into and around Saigon against Viet Cong attacks. In mid-February, while in the process of stopping the heavy Viet Cong assaults, Marlowe was wounded and hospitalized at Cam Ranh Bay for twenty-one days. Upon his release he rejoined his unit.
On April 16,1968, with less than thirty days remaining on his Vietnam tour, Specialist Fourth Class Jack William Marlowe was killed in action from multiple fragmentation wounds in Long An Province. His body was recovered and returned to Watsonville for a full military funeral and burial in Pajaro Valley Memorial Park. His awards include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
(VVMW; VVVW; SCSn April 23, 1968 1:7, April 25, 1968 20:1)