Marion Ard

Marion Ard




Marion Ard



In Marion Ard's very early teen years, John Thomas found a young, sick boy living in a car and eating scraps. This was in Myrtle Beach, S. C. The sick boy was, as stated, Marion Ard. They became friends and one day John brought this boy home with him. Mother cared for him and learned his story. Marion's father, Mr. Ard, had "thrown him away" as Marion put it. He never wished to see him again. Mother took him in and he was raised as one of my brothers. There never was a formal adoption but he was adopted by love. Mama had 3 sons that served during the War. Two were in the CBI. John never made it overseas because of an illness that kept him in the hospital for 2 years. Marion felt very left out, not being able to serve his country. While my parents were gone to see about John in the hospital, Marion joined the Merchant Marines. He knew that my mother would be upset because her 4th son was now going to war. He waited until they were gone and left them a note telling them how much he loved them. Plus why he had left in this manner. I remember the day he left as if it were yesterday. Oh how I loved that gentle boy. It was not unusual for Mother not to get a letter every week. Often they would double up, several coming at one time. One day my Grandfather came up to our guest house and asked Mama if she had heard from Marion lately? She had not but was not upset because she felt sure that in a few days she would get two or more letters. With that my grandfather showed her a newspaper that my grandmother had noticed when lining the drawers in one of the guest rooms. There was an article about Marion's boat being sunk. Mother had never been notified even though she was listed as being the one to contact. They had picked up Mr. Ard's name and notified him. He opted not to have Marion's body brought home or any type of memorial for Marion. My parents were heartsick at losing one of their boys. By this time it was too late to do anything for Marion. She wept the tears of a broken heart when the war ended and her Marion was not coming home. To the best of my knowledge Marion has never been honored for his service to his country. But thanks to you and Dick Brantley, this year his picture and a brief history will be shown, on screen, during a Memorial Patriotic Presentation here in St. Augustine. I only wish my parents could have been here to witness this but I feel sure that they have had a great reunion with Marion already. Now perhaps some of the missing I have felt all these years will be put to rest. On May 30th, I will be in Myrtle Beach, S. C. for our Brother-sister Reunion. This much wanted and needed information will be one of the high lights of our time together and we shall remember Marion with great love. Thank you so much, Juliette Thomas Swindull



Marion Ard and the SS Samuel Huntingtom


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Marion Ard and the SS Samuel Huntington


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Marion Ard and the SS Samuel Huntington


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