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Former Miami instructor to receive 14 military medals

12/02/2011

A former Miami University Naval ROTC instructor, who served in World War II, is being honored for his service in a ceremony on the Oxford campus. Marvin Sizemore will receive 14 military medals, including multiple honors with bronze stars presented by a representative from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's office. A Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps commanding officer will also assist.

Prior to joining Miami, Sizemore served aboard the USS Houston and was captured while receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Java. After spending more than three years in captivity, he was liberated, weighing only 90 pounds and had suffered numerous beatings and acts of torture by the Japanese.

Seaman Sizemore continued his honorable service in the United States Navy, stationed at the Culver Military Academy in Indiana before being assigned as an instructor to Miami's Naval ROTC.

Following his retirement from the Navy in 1959, Sizemore joined the Oxford police department where he worked for 20 years as a patrolman.

Among the many honors Sizemore is slated to accept are the Navy Good Conduct Medal with four bronze stars, a World War II Victory Medal, Prisoner of War Medal and an Honorable Service Lapel Pin, also known as a Ruptured Duck.

Sizemore lives in Hamilton and has four children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The award pinning ceremony is 10 a.m. Mon., Dec. 5 in Miami’s ROTC Unit in Millett Hall.

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