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Guard Mourns Passing of Comrade

June 3, 2005 – The Adjutant General and members of the Virgin Islands National Guard mourn the passing of longtime guardsman Sgt. James R. Marrishow of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Brig. Gen. Eddy L. Charles extends his condolences and blessings to his loved ones.
"On behalf of our guardsmen and Family Readiness Group, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and police comrades," said Public Affairs Officer Sgt. 1st Class Karen Williams. "The wheels are already in motion. The Guard stands ready to provide guidance and support to his family."
Marrishow joined the guard in February 1987 and was a V.I. guardsman for approximately 18 years. As a member of the 661st Military Police Company, Marrishow served our country with distinction during his recent deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The unit returned from Cuba in June 2004.
"He was part of our team. We are a tight group. Upon hearing of his illness then his death, all work ceased", said Capt. Donald Woodley, commander of the unit and a friend. "He was a professional to the core in GTTMO (Cuba). He didn't cut corners. I would not have to look over my shoulder; he had my back. For the mission he was there. You could always expect him to be there when you call," said his commander with voice cracking.
Reminiscing on their childhood, Captain Woodley said, "We played football against each other when he was at Eudora Kean High School and I was at Charlotte Amalie High School." They had reconnected when Woodley returned home from the Army in 1990 and became a member of the 661st MP Company.

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