(Extensions of Remarks - March 11, 2019)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E284]
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                         HON. ROBERT J. WITTMAN

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                         Monday, March 11, 2019

  Mr. WITTMAN. Madam Speaker, I rise today in recognition of John Otho 
``Jack'' Marsh, Jr., who passed away on February 4, 2019. John was 92 
years old.
  Jack was known for his love for the community and his years of public 
service. At the age of eighteen, Jack enlisted in the United States 
Army during World War II in Germany. From 1954 to 1976, Jack served in 
the Army Reserves and the Virginia National Guard 29th Division. Not 
long after his service, Jack earned a law degree and began a career in 
politics. From 1963 to 1971, he served four terms for what was then the 
7th District of Virginia. Choosing not to seek a fifth term, he 
continued his career as a Counselor in President Gerald Ford's cabinet 
and eventually as the Secretary of the Army for the longest time in our 
nation's history. From 1989-1994, Jack served as Chairman of the 
Reserve Forces Policy Board, a position he was appointed to by former 
Secretary of Defense Cheney.
  Congressman Marsh served for over two decades on the Advisory Council 
of the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) and received the 
VIMS Pathfinder Award. Much of their amazing work impacts my very own 
district, as they work to meet the issues facing the Chesapeake Bay and 
the coastal ocean. Jack also served on the Board of Visitors at 
Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and is one of the few honorary alumni 
of VMI. Jack was honored with the prestigious VMI New Market Medal, for 
his public service and role in the preservation and interpretation of 
the Hall of Valor. The Commonwealth not only lost a public servant and 
community leader, but also a patriot who has dedicated his entire life 
to serving our great nation.
  Madam Speaker, I ask you to join me in remembrance of John Otho 
``Jack'' Marsh, Jr. Words cannot express our gratitude. May God bless 
Jack and his family as his legacy lives on through his service.