May 21, 1919 - December 11, 2013 Marvin E. Hart (Marv) was born in Los Angeles on May 21, 1919 and died in Los Angeles on December 11, 2013. Marv graduated Manuel Arts High School and attended UCLA before joining the Navy in 1940. On December 7, 1941, Marv was a trained Naval officer aboard the DE USS Morris (the most highly decorated destroyer in WWII) which was the subject of the documentary "Tin Can Sailors Will Not Be Forgotten." Marv and the Morris saw action at Coral Sea (see the famous photo of the USS Lexington sinking with a DE - the Morris - up against the giant Lexington taking off the Lexington crew). After Midway, Marv went to flight school and, again, returned to the Pacific as a pilot. He was shot down off the coast of Japan in July 1945 and received the distinguished "Flying Cross" after he and his crew shot down at least 3 Japanese fighter planes. Marv and most of his crew were rescued by the USS Ray (Marv's wingman had also been shot down and all perished in the crash) returned home and made us all proud of what is clearly the greatest generation. Marv lived in the same house for 55 years (which he built) and was married for 70 years, owned Gordon Floor Covering for 45 years and could (and did) fix anything. Marv took care of his entire family. Marv is survived by his wife, Carmel, daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Joseph Mannis, grandson, Seth Kupchick, and niece, Sandy Salkow. He was a rock. We will all miss him. Donations would be appreciated in his memory to Project Angel Food, 922 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2013