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Tony Marshall was born in Washington, DC on December 4, 1946, and raised on a tobacco farm in nearby Maryland. He graduated from High School in 1964, was accepted by the US Air Force Academy, graduating in 1968. He completed Navigator training and Electronic Warfare Training and was assigned to the F-4 fighter aircraft.
Following training at MacDill AFB, Florida, he was assigned to the 13th Squadron, Udorn Airbase, Thailand, flying combat missions in Southeast Asia. On his 266th mission he was forced to eject over enemy territory and was captured. A Captain at the time, Tony was held as a POW from July 3, 1972 until his release on March 29, 1973.
Upon his return to active duty, Captain Marshall completed pilot training and was assigned to the F-4C at George AFB, California. He flew the F-4D at RAF Bentwaters, England, and then served as an Air Liaison Officer with the US in Frankfurt, Germany. He returned to the cockpit flying the F-4G Wild Weasel at Clark AB, The Philippines and George AFB, California.
He retired after 22 years as a Lieutenant Colonel, Command Pilot, with 480 hours of combat time, 3000 hours in the F-4, and 3600 hours total flying time.
His military awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, and a Masters Degree in Business Management.
Following his retirement from active duty, Tony was hired by United Airlines and logged 12,000 hours flying the DC10, B747, and A320 aircraft out of Los Angeles. He reluctantly retired from United in December, 2006 and currently resides in Apple Valley, California. He has one daughter, Maria. Tony also volunteers as a substitute teacher in the local school district and a mentor at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum in Compton, CA.