Our Thoughts and Remembrances
Image courtesy of Lil Doc's
From Randy Gilliam:
Marvin came to the Lancers shortly after I did. I met him in the EM shack one night after a long day of flying. I am not sure where we ended up that night, but it sure hurt the next day. He was always willing to help out with what ever you needed help with. Marvin talked about his family a lot and his wife was pregnant with his first child, which he never got hold and love. There were not many nights we did not share happy hour and a pack of Kools. Marvin was always there when he was called on. I had the great pleasure of making contact with his family about 1 1/2 years ago. His mother passed away 3 months ago, but I stay in contact with his sister who lives in Miami. Marvin, you are missed and thought of often. He was a fellow grunt and gunner.
Excerpts from Reggie Kenner, his thoughts on Mike Cox and Marvin:
Mike was very funny and he and his gunner Marvin Screen (Sweet Fat) were
quite a pair, full of fun and laughter. Funny how you could be laughing it
up right up until the mission was on, then right back to it over the smell
of JP-4 and oil while cleaning guns or post-flighting a huey.
Mike loved flying with the Lancers and along with Mr Sutton and Sweet Fat,
they were a great crew.
I was on R&R to Sydney for a week and when I returned, I got the word that
there was a vacancy in the Hootch. Cox, Screen, Mr Sutton and Mr Hughes had
gone down for some unexplained reason and crashed into a stream. I wouldn't
be laughing with them anymore.
From Marvin's sister, Rev Marvelle Screen-Cheever:
Thank you very much for this distinguished effort from your organization in keeping my brother's memory alive. Also for allowing his family and friends to share their expressions of love on this Memorial Page.
Randy has kept in touch with me from time to time and sent me a picture of Marvin taken the day before he perished. This meant so much to my mother, Marjorie Screen, who recently passed away. It also memorable keepsake for all of us as well.
I will send my expressions of love for this Man of Valor, my brother, in few days. I'm unable to do so at this present time because I'm still going through the grieving process over my mother's recent passing.
However, I thank you again on behalf of the Screen Family which includes Marvin's 10 living siblings. I'm the oldest and Marvin was the second oldest. I still have wonderful memories of him as my big brother.
May the Lord continue to bless this Lancer Association and all of its endeavors.
Copy of certificate for Memorial Brick to be installed at the "Pathway of Legends" Walkway at the new Fort Campbell Museum: