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Keith Marshall

Keith Marshall
Keith Marshall
- September 16, 2017

Keith Marshall was born in Cheyenne Agency, SD in May 14, 1946 to Hazel and Sib Marshall. Mr. Marshall had a strong sense of family; he had 17 brothers and sisters and was very active member in church. SD
He and his siblings were bussed to the boarding school in Cheyenne Eagle Butte since they lived so far from school. They only saw their family during holidays and long weekends. He was very active in football, track, and band in school. He graduated high school in 1964 and continued on to Northern State University in Aberdeen. He graduated with a two year Elementary Teaching Certificate & Physical Education.
After completing Northern State University, he had an internal battle within himself to become either a minister or join the military. Feeling his dedication to family, country and his urge to help others, in December of 1966 he went to Sioux Falls Army Recruiter and enlisted as an airborne combat medic. He attended school in Fort Polk, LA; Fort Sam Houston, TX; Fort Benning, GA for paratrooper and airborne combat medic. After completing his training, he was stationed with 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, KY.
He was sent to Vietnam in Dec. 1967 with 101st Airborne on the DMZ. He participated in many search and destroy, and combat assault missions. He received his first Bronze Star (with "V") 5 months later. There were active fire fights and deaths of battalion members every few days. On Feb 22, 1968 Keith was injured with shrapnel during a fire fight. He refused medevac choosing to stay and assist as he was the last surviving medic.
During his time in Vietnam he was transferred over to the 173rd Airborne, assisting with aid for US soldiers and locals. During his time with the 173rd Airborne, he was under orders to return the United States. One day before his flight was to depart Vietnam, a fire broke out, and due to his selfless actions he was awarded the Silver Star.
Arriving back in SD, he worked in Rapid City for a short time as a paramedic. That was difficult assignment as during responses, it would bring him right back to Vietnam.
Keith attended welding school in Denver, Colorado becoming a certified welder. He then worked in the Wyoming oil fields for 16 years, also attending college at University of Wisconsin earning a BA in Human Services. The family later lived 4 years in upstate New York before moving to Sturgis in 2001.
Since retirement, his hobbies include dancing, being an active church member, spending time with family & friends, and very active member in the Disabled American Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America.
Keith Duane Marshall, died, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at his home in Sturgis, SD
Visitation will be Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm Monday, September 17, 2017 at the Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Sturgis, with burial to follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

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