The Germanna family recently lost a proud descendant of Germanna’s Second Colony Wieland / Wayland family, John O. “Jack” Marsh, Jr., one of the most powerful but least known men in Washington in the 1970s and 1980s. He was an Army officer, lawyer, Virginia congressman, adviser to Presidents and the longest-serving Secretary of the Army.
After his retirement, John Marsh came to Germanna in July 2000 to deliver the address to the large crowd assembled for the dedication of the new R. Brawdus Martin Fort Germanna Visitor Center. Germanna is proud to have been a part of the life of this distinguished leader and to have had him share his wisdom with us.
Read his obituary in the New York Times:
John O. Marsh Jr., Ex-Army Chief and Presidents’ Adviser, Dies at 92
in the Washington Post:
John O. Marsh Jr., presidential ‘conscience’ and Army secretary, dies at 92