Marvin Critten is a Jamesport, MO native who did his basic training at Camp Crower. Following a speedy three months of induction into Army life, Marvin went to Iceland for a 12-month stint. From there he traveled to England where he helped develop the Army Air Corps Glider Squad. Marvin participated in the protracted Battle of the Bulge before being sent back to England and resuming duties with the Glider Squad. His next action was to be dropped behind German lines where he crashed his glider near the Rhine River. He and the other surviving airman made their way to the Baltic but en route discovered a concentration camp. Many U.S. soldiers coming upon these camps had no idea at first what it was they were seeing.