Marion entered the service on 13 July 1940. He served at Headquarters 301st Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, Europe, from 13 July 1940 to 2 September 1945. Honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant for the convenience of the Government. He transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Company (Operating), Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, Virginia from 16 November 1945 to 15 November 1948. He then transferred to The Artillery School, 4051st Army Service Unit, Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 16 November 1948 to 15 November 1951. He then transferred to USA Instruction Unit (ROTC), Texas A&M , College Station, Texas from 16 November 1951 to 2 May 1957. His last transfer was to Company A. 3rd Battalion, School Regiment, US Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky from 3 May 1957 to 30 September 1960. He retired as Sergeant First Class.
S/Sgt. Marion S Wallingford was assigned to the 301st BG 301st HQ.
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