WICHITA, KS, USA U.S. Army SPC, COMPANY C, 1ST BATTALION, 26TH INFANTRY, SCHWEINFURT, GM BAGHDAD, IRAQ 02/17/2007
Chad Eugene Marsh, a 2005 graduate of Northwest High School in Wichita, Kansas, is the son of Janet (White) Marsh and the late Keith Marsh and the grandson of the late Victor and Viola White and Ruth Marsh and the late Tommy Marsh.
Chad’s mother described him as a good kid, a very good kid who had a lot of friends and was a very outgoing person. He was hard to describe because he was one of a kind. He was helpful, he loved to help,” Janet Marsh said. “That’s why he was over there. He wanted to help.”
During his junior year in high school, Chad E. Marsh went to his Junior ROTC instructor and told him he had enlisted. “We both drank an Orange Crush together – we both had a special affinity for that pop. We toasted.” Lt. Colonel John Sray said. “He had clearly come to a turning point in his life and realized this is what he wanted to do.”
Marsh, 20, of Wichita, Kan., was killed Feb. 18 during a grenade explosion in Baghdad. He was a 2005 high school graduate and was assigned to Schweinfurt, Germany.
Marsh was known for his quick humor and ability to take initiative when he saw things that needed to be done. “Chad didn’t take anything seriously,” said the Reverend Zane Brooks. “So many people take their lives and jobs so serious. It steals the life out of people. There was a family member who said nothing embarrassed Chad. He would act and talk and react to life with joy and happiness.” “He was helpful, he loved to help,” Janet Marsh said.
After completing his enlistment, Marsh planned on returning to Wichita to become a police officer.