By NATALIE DAVIS
Congressman Jim Marshall will be honored Monday at a reception commemorating his recent induction into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame. The reception will be held Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Laurens County Library. Marshall was among 18 Army Rangers alumni honored in June at an induction ceremony at Fort Benning. Tom Hanks was also honored during the ceremony as an honorary inductee. According to a press release from the Fort Benning Public Affairs Office, the Ranger Hall of Fame was formed “to honor and preserve the spirit and contributions of America’s soldiers.” Inductees are nominated by ranger units and regimental associations, and are chosen for final approval by the Ranger Hall of Fame Selection Board. To be eligible for nomination, a soldier must be a successful graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School; deceased; have been separated or retired from active military service for at least three years; or must have served in a ranger unit in combat. The son and grandson of Army General Officers, Marshall voluntarily enlisted for infantry combat in Vietnam at the start of his junior year at Princeton University in 1966. He was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart. Marshall currently serves as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and was the first freshman member of Congress to receive numerous awards from Veterans Service Organization. Marshall is serving his second term representing Georgia’s Third Congressional District, which currently includes 31 counties. Monday’s reception is open to the public.