Marshall Adame came to North Carolina over 38 years ago and has an extraordinary life story. His professional accomplishments would hardly be thought possible for boy born to a migrant worker father.
Marshall was born in California and came to North Carolina as a young U.S. Marine in 1971. Marshall is the 6th child born to his Mexican American father and Irish American mother and had five brothers and five sisters. He joined the Marine Corps at the age of sixteen and was seventeen years old when he served in Vietnam with Marine Wing Support Group 17 in Danang near the Vietnam DMZ. Although spending most of his Marine Corps service as an Aviation Logistician, Marshall served three years as a Marine Embassy Detachment Commander in the U.S. Embassies in Santiago, Chile and Monrovia, Liberia.
Having retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after almost 23 years of honorable service, and having been the US Marine Detachment Commander in two US Embassies, Marshall went on to become a U.S. Diplomat, an Airport Director in Iraq, a US Department of State advisor to the Iraqi Minister of Interior, and the senior logistician in Egypt with a U.S. Aerospace Project for four years. Marshall was also the Program Manager for several U.S. Defense Programs across the country and a senior staff member of the U.S. Congressional Commission on Wartime Contracting where he personally investigated contracting and acquisition activity in Iraq for the U.S. Congress. Marshall is currently the Project Manager for a U.S. Government Aviation Program assisting our U.S. allied countries in the Middle East. He has over twelve years of Middle East experience.
Marshall experienced some very difficult times during his childhood years. From the age of twelve, Marshall and his then fourteen year old brother lived alone and on their own in the streets of East Los Angeles. His family, having been torn apart by divorce and other turmoil, left Marshall and his older brother, Johnny alone having to survive any way they could until Marshall joined the Marines at the age of sixteen. Although Marshall has had significant success in his adult life, he knows what it feels like to be a kid alone, poor, severely abused and forgotten in the midst of the greatest and wealthiest country in the world. Marshall has taken that experience into his adult life. It has shaped his personal life and his politics.
Marshall and his wife Becky have been happily married for over 43 years and they call Jacksonville, NC their home. They have 4 children, Paul, Veronica, William, and Benjamin, and 14 grandchildren. Marshall’s sons, William and Benjamin, are Iraq/Afghanistan combat veterans. William was wounded in Battle, near Baghdad in 2006 and is a retired Wounded Warrior. Benjamin served in Iraq for 30 months, 12 months in Afghanistan and is currently assigned to Germany. Both are highly decorated veterans. Marshall’s eldest son ,Paul, is a five year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Marshall’s daughter, Veronica, is a corporate PM in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
As a consultant, Marshall has advised Fortune 500 Companies. He is an artist member of Broadcast Music Inc. where his music is cataloged. He is also a life time member of the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals, an organization supporting scholarship and excellence in NC’s youth. He attended the University of Maryland (Far East Div.) and Coastal Carolina College. He is also a graduate of the Marine Corps Staff Academy, the Navy Senior Aviation Logistics Management School, and the Marine Corps Embassy School.