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Ross his nickname was Billy,everyone called him that way. He was living in Richwood, West Virginia. Ross worked in a shop owned by the timber factory that has founded the town. On 13 April 1944 he was called into service and ended up with A Company, 50th AIB. Somewhere around new year he was captured, probably in a fighting around Bastogne. The commander of his unit had instructed his men to flee if possible. Together with a fellow villager who also had been captured, he tried to escape on January 3. A German threw a grenade and killed Ross E. Marks
Billy had two brothers who also fought in the war:
Jacob Blain marks,Marines in the Pacific. wounded on July 26, 1944. Is later became pastor. Ernest Polarity Marks, U.S. Navy. September 10, 1976 was murdered during a robbery.
In the autumn of 1943 were the three brothers, without knowing each other, simultaneously leave. That was the last time they were all together.