Baldwin vet recounts Battle of the Bulge

For 90-year-old David Marshall, it's just another day pumping iron at Synergy Fitness Club in Baldwin. At 5 feet, 6 inches, the Baldwin native and World War II veteran can still bench press 105 pounds

News 12 Staff

May 7, 2015, 11:10 PM

Updated 3,328 days ago

Share:

For 90-year-old David Marshall, it's just another day pumping iron at Synergy Fitness Club in Baldwin.
At 5 feet, 6 inches, the Baldwin native and World War II veteran can still bench press 105 pounds and impress people of all ages with his three days-a-week workouts.
Drafted in 1943, Marshall was one of 600,000 American soldiers on the frontlines of the Battle of the Bulge - one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of World War II.
Adolf Hitler launched the battle in the frozen forests of Belgium on Dec. 16, 1944 in a last-ditch effort to split the Allied armies in northwest Europe. Marshall remembers the blistering German assault - constantly moving from one position to another while directing fire on enemy attacks.
"The Germans were sending troops in who spoke English, wearing American uniforms," Marshall told News 12. "They infiltrated our lines, caused havoc, blowing bridges...The only way to stay alive is to keep going. If you sit still, you're going to lose. You're going to die."
On Jan. 28, 1945, Allied forces attacked the Nazis in unison. Germany surrendered five months later, but it was a costly victory. A total of 19,000 Americans were killed in the Battle of the Bulge.
For the first 50 years after the war, Marshall didn't talk about it to anyone because it was too painful. Today, he shares his war stories to remind people about how the sacrifices of the past made today's freedom possible.
"I'm proud. We fought...two separate wars and came out ahead. It shows how good we are, how good we can be and should be," said Marshall.


More from News 12
1:40
Officials: Fire displaces 18 from Hempstead home with illegal subdivisions

Officials: Fire displaces 18 from Hempstead home with illegal subdivisions

2:35
Sunny, hot Monday kicks off scorching week on Long Island

Sunny, hot Monday kicks off scorching week on Long Island

Suffolk police: Man dies after being found unresponsive in West Islip swimming pool

Suffolk police: Man dies after being found unresponsive in West Islip swimming pool

0:33
Police: Man arrested in Montauk hit-and-run that left e-bike riders hurt

Police: Man arrested in Montauk hit-and-run that left e-bike riders hurt

0:29
Nassau police: 2 women charged in Franklin Square home burglary

Nassau police: 2 women charged in Franklin Square home burglary

0:35
Police: Man accused of driving drunk in East Meadow with 13-year-old boy inside car

Police: Man accused of driving drunk in East Meadow with 13-year-old boy inside car

2:02
 A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

0:42
Hundreds participate in 45th annual Shelter Island 10K & 5K Run/Walk

Hundreds participate in 45th annual Shelter Island 10K & 5K Run/Walk

1:20
Rapper Ja Rule performs at Mitchel Field as part of Nassau County’s Juneteenth celebration

Rapper Ja Rule performs at Mitchel Field as part of Nassau County’s Juneteenth celebration

0:31
Suffolk police: Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Bay Shore crash

Suffolk police: Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Bay Shore crash

1:46
‘We lost a brother.’ Friends, loved ones remember ‘Rookie of the Year’ firefighter at Hagerman FD

‘We lost a brother.’ Friends, loved ones remember ‘Rookie of the Year’ firefighter at Hagerman FD

1:34
Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

0:27
Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

2:07
New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

2:04
Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

2:15
Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

2:15
Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

2:07
Study: Food insecurity becomes growing problem for Long Islanders

Study: Food insecurity becomes growing problem for Long Islanders

0:41
Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago

Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago