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JEROME (JERRY) MARLOW
August 30, 1924 - June 30, 2012

Jerry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Missouri Military Academy (High School) (His choice) and graduated Valedictorian. He also had an appointment to Westpoint. He then attended the University of Missouri but a short time later was drafted into the Air Force. He went to St. Antonio and Houston, Texas as well as Tampa, Florida for flight and aerial navigation training lasting about 7 months. Then it was on to Europe during WWII in early June of 1944.

They flew to Gander, Newfoundland , the Azores, Marrakesh and Tunis on to Foggia in Italy and because there was a shortage of navigators he flew his first mission less than a week later on June 22nd. He was 19. All their missions were out of Foggia. On one of their last missions to the Ploiesti Oil Fields in Romania (One of the main supply depots for the Germans) seven B-17s went out and two came back. On Jerry's 18th mission on August 27th his B-17 was shot down over the Blackhammer Oil Refinery near Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) . He came down, landing on top of a pine tree just over the border in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia and into the arms of the Gestapo. All but one of his crew survived. They were shuttled from interrogation camp to interrogation camp to Vienna, Austria, all over Germany and ended up in a camp for Air Force personnel in Barth on the Baltic. He said the Germans probably figured that they couldn't escape from there because it was a very cold 60 mile swim to Sweden. So he spent the next nine months as a guest of the Third Reich.

When they were liberated they were transferred to France, south of Paris. And since they were not being shipped back to the U.S. right away, he decided to practice his 3 year high school French, which he loved, and went AWOL to Paris for 10 days and had a wonderful time. A few days later they went back to the U.S. Jerry spent 3 months at home in St. Louis to the absolute delight of his mother and went from 133 lbs to 190 lbs.

After the war he took courses in Chemical Warfare, Ground Radar Officers' Course, Ground Communications, etc. under the GI Bill. He left the Air Force in 1953.

Jerry worked for Vickers Electric Company in St. Louis for a year as an engineer on Magnetic Amplifiers. In 1954 he went to work for RCA as a field engineer for installation, instruction and servicing of radio communications equipment. The following year Jerry transferred to General Electric who sent him to Clark Airbase in the Philippines as a Junior shop Engineer in charge of overhaul, alignment, testing and quality control of units associated with their radar equipment. They also sent him toTaiwan and Hong Kong where he supervised three locally hired and five American technicians on the installation of Radar Sites to spy on the Chinese. It was a classified project. It was also a dangerous project at times. He volunteered because no one else wanted to do it. While he was in the Philippines he also attended the University of the Philippines to bring up his credits.

When he arrived back in the U.S. General Electric wanted to send him to Turkey. Because he had married while in the Far East, he said "no thanks" resigned and went back to Hong Kong.

Jerry had always liked sales. So in 1964, without business experience, but courage, a charming personality and a very good staff, he started his own company as a licensee of a U.S.- based promotional advertising firm in Hong Kong and named it Marlow Enterprises Ltd. Six years later Ina came along and they ran the company together. Jerry spent three month in the Middle East on business every year as well as their business in the Far East and Ina ran the office in Hong Kong. It was very hard work (when you own your own company, it usually is) but they were a fantastic team and they loved living in Hong Kong. Jerry was the love of Ina's life. In 1981 Jerry sold the company and they moved to San Diego, California where they had an interesting life filled with great friends. In the late 80s they took over the management of their bookstore in Los Angeles. Jerry's son had been a partner and he had been managing the store. After three years they found it hard to run the business by remote control and they sold the store, much to their regret, in 1992. After that Jerry went into real estate and Ina went to work for Unisys and later for Hewlett-Packard.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Ina; Daughter, Vicky; sons Patrick and Mark; granddaughters, Carissa; Emma, and Alysia; grandson Eric and great grandson, John and great granddaughters Isabel and Katelyn.

P.S. To this day we (I) keep in touch with Jerry's pilot, Jack Wilson, with whom he flew most of his missions during WWII.