by Ronald V.A. Marcell
Emergency Management Officer
Navy Medicine Readiness & Training Command Beaufort
Naval Hospital Beaufort
The first CO of NH Beaufort was instrumental in establishing no fewer than four Naval Hospitals in his 36-year career.
Leslie Bert Marshall was born in Paragould Arkansas in 1893 and completed medical school in Memphis (only 60 miles from his boyhood home). At 24 he was commissioned a LTJG in the Medical Corps. He was promoted to Captain in 1941 and retired in 1953.
In World War I he served in the Atlantic aboard the battleship USS NEVADA (BB-36), a ship that years later became famous for being the only battleship to get underway during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (she was nonetheless hit by one torpedo and at least six bombs, forcing the crew to beach her). In WWI Marshall also served aboard the USS NOKOMIS (SP-609), a civilian yacht the Navy purchased and transformed into a shipping patrol craft armed with 3-inch guns.