CTSN David W. Marlborough, USN
September 28, 1948 – June 8, 1967
The following tribute to CTSN David Marlborough is by Allan Marlborough, David’s younger brother.
IN MEMORY OF “CTSN DAVID W. MARLBOROUGH, U.S. NAVY”
Who is David Marlborough? He was the son of two proud parents. He was the middle of 3 male siblings. He was a friend of many, both male and female. He was loved by so many. Our family grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, in an area of the city known as Hungry Hill, in which the majority of residents were of Irish Descent and of Catholic Faith. I am David’s youngest brother, Allan. I was 10 years when David was killed on the U.S.S. Liberty. David was 18. I remember David as a sincere and caring brother. We were close and played together a lot. He was always respectful to others and well respected by all. He believed in chivalry, duty, honor and patriotism.
His goal was to be a chemical engineer. I remember when David graduated from High School, President Kennedy activated the Draft for the Vietnam Dispute. Our Father was a Navy Veteran, so David decided to enlist in the Navy. My older brother, John, decided to enlist in Air Force. Long story short, John was medically discharged from the Air Force for pins in his ankle from a sporting injury. David completed boot camp and came home shortly before he went off to school in [Pensacola] Florida. There were Navy Investigators (I think) in our neighborhood who were going around interviewing neighbors and friends about David. I didn’t realize until I was older that David would be working with “Top Secret” information. If anyone could be trusted, David was the perfect choice. After completing school, David returned home before his next assignment. His next assignment was the U.S.S. Liberty. I remember when bringing David to the airport with my parents and saying bye to David, as David was walking to his boarding gate, my father had tears in his eyes. When my mother asked him what was wrong, my father replied “I don’t think we’ll see him (David) again”. That I have never forgotten.
Most people know the U.S.S. Liberty was attacked purposely by Israel with then President Johnson condoning the attack. The cover up of the truth remains still today, both by the N.S.A. and the U.S. Navy. I remember the attack, as well as the loss of my brother, as if it happened yesterday.
My favorite place to visit is Arlington National Cemetery. It’s such a place of quiet and peace. It’s refreshing knowing my brother lays in peace with thousands of other American Heroes. It still brings tears to my eyes when I hear the echo of Taps being played and the 21 Gun Salute throughout the cemetery. In conclusion, I would like to add a quote by General Patton, 06-07-1945. “It is foolish and wrong to mourn men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
God bless all of our Military Men and Women, who have given their lives, have served and are serving, our sometimes ungrateful, but most wonderful Nation, the United States of America.
Station HYPO Note: Featured image was taken at NCTC Corry Station where David received cryptologic training. The base is now called IWTC Corry Station.
Allan – thank you for sharing your family’s story with us.
28 September 2020 at 20:10
Well Done Sir. I even learned something new. The feature picture of David , I never knew where it was taken, now I know. Again, Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you.
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29 September 2020 at 01:33
You, Mario, and David’s younger brother Allan, certainly know how to write a powerful memorial to this young sailor who died serving our country aboard USS LIBERTY. Thank you for posting this!
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29 September 2020 at 21:58
A well written memorial. Thank you! David was one of my men aboard Liberty. I was with him until just before the Israeli torpedo came through the space, blew up, and killed everyone in the space. I was wounded and had stepped into the passageway to get patched up just when David and the rest of my division died. If it helps after all this time, David was doing his job when the torpedo exploded. Training took over and the men never faltered-the Navy never asked but I am so proud of all of them and of their professionalism. If the family wants to discuss David they can reach me at email@example.com.
15 November 2020 at 21:16
Really enjoy reading your emails. Would like to see a rememberance of Cpl. Jack Rsper, USMC who was also killed on the USS Liberty. Also then SSgt Bryce Lockwood who won the silver star for his actions on the Liberty.
28 May 2023 at 18:11
I lived next door to you in Springfield. David was one of my earliest friends and I think of him often but always on Memorial Day weekend. He was a great loss to my family, as well. David always made time to visit my mom and dad and they spoke of him for the rest of their lives. I am very thankful to have found your post and can assure you that we were among those that you mention that were touched by his time here.
Thank you for posting.
Your neighbor, Dave