Fishburne Military School Troop 1879 Congratulates Newest Eagle Scout

Cadet Howard Douglas Marsh (Middlebrook, VA) Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Fishburne Military School Troop 1879 Congratulates Newest Eagle ScoutWaynesboro, VA – Fishburne Military School’s Boys Scout Troop 1879 has a newly minted Eagle Scout in its ranks. Cadet Howard Douglas Marsh, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Marsh of Middlebrook, VA, was elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout.

During a brief ceremony held before the entire Corps of Cadets, Marsh was officially sworn in as an Eagle Scout and his mother, Mrs. Barbara Marsh, was called forward to pin this latest award upon her son’s uniform.

Fishburne Military School Superintendent, retired Navy Captain Mark E. Black, noted the importance of the event. “Having earned the rank of Eagle Scout is something that will speak to the strength of this young man’s character for the rest of his life. He brings great credit to his family, his school and his troop. We all whole-heartedly congratulate Cadet Marsh on earning this elite distinction.”

Fishburne Military School Troop 1879 Congratulates Newest Eagle ScoutMarsh was granted special permission to wear his Eagle Scout badge as part of his Fishburne Military School, Army JROTC Uniform. An official memorandum from the FMS Superintendent, Retired Navy Captain Mark E. Black, was read stating:

“Whereas Cadet Sergeant First Class Howard Douglas Marsh, has completed the twenty-one merit badges required  for Eagle, completed an Eagle Scout project, and successfully passed an Eagle Scout Board of Review, and for displaying Honor, Loyalty, Courage, Cheerfulness and Service among the Corps of Cadets; and having taken the Eagle Pledge, Cadet SFC Howard Douglas Marsh is allowed to wear the Eagle Scout award on his Fishburne Military School Uniform.”


Fishburne Military School is the oldest and smallest of all military schools for boys in Virginia. Its college-prep curriculum is built upon the structure of an Army JROTC program. FMS is designated as a JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction and may nominate qualified candidates to the United States Service Academies. Fishburne hosts one of only four Summer JROTC programs in the nation, accredited by US Army Cadet Command. For more information visit

  • Gene Moser

    Huh?? He is wearing captain’s stripes on his tunic.

    • Nathan Scott

      I thought the same thing….when I was there SFC had 3 up and 2 down…

      • Gene Moser

        I think you mean the metal collar stripes that started my senior year – so I never wore metal NCO stripes. When I was there a sergeant’s stripes on the blouse (period between coatee and coatee – sergeants all had two stripes on the upper sleeve, with either two rockers, a diamond, or a horizontal bar. When I was a platoon sergeant my junior year, the single rocker for platoon sergeant got discontinued.

        • Nathan Scott

          Sorry Gene…should have been more specific…I meant on the sleeve of the dress blouse. And I was wrong about SFC chevrons, SGT had 2 up chevrons on the lower sleeve then SSGT had two chevrons on upper sleeve, SFC had two up and 1 down, MSGT had 2 up and 2 down with diamond in the middle for First Sgt (which was my rank), the SGT Major had the star….We also did have the metal collar rank for the shirts. I think at that time (75-76) they were trying to emulate the West Point insignia then. LT had 3 up, then CPT had the 4 up, MAJ 5 up and LTCOL 6 up.

          • Gene Moser

            Nathan – I’m on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and this is why I have been trying to get out a thing about how things change. First of all, the FMS stripe system on the blouse/tunic/coatee has always modeled the WP/VMI/Citadel system. This is what it was when I was there – 57-61. PFC – one stripe on the lower sleeve. Corporal two stripes on the lower sleeve. Sergeant, two stripes on the upper sleeve with a longer vertical line than corporal stripes. Now maybe I should get my yearbook out – but – until some time in maybe October, 1959, platoon sergeants had one rocker, supply sergeant had one horizontal bar, first sergeant had a diamond, color sergeants and corporals had a star, sergeant major had two rockers. Terms like SFC or MSG were not used. After the Revolt of the Platoon Sergeants in 1959, we lost the rocker but retained the sword.

          • Nathan Scott

            You’re right about things changing…ever since I was there, I feel over the years the school seems to be on a PR blitz where anything that is said about FMS has to be 100% positive regardless of the truth. The Staunton News Leader carried an article a few years ago that quoted a school spokesperson who said the Cadet Sgt Major was the 2nd highest ranking cadet in the Corps….I send an email to FMS stating not true as the SGM was the highest ranking cadet NCO who was still outranked by LT’s. When the football team won their first 9 games and was to play for the VIC championship, they had to forfeit the 10th game as that was scheduled with a non-VIC school the weekend of the championship game. The school continued to insist the team was undefeated after the forfeiture, which again was not true as that is considered a loss. They also kept insisting it was the first time FMS had played in the VIC championship…not true, we played North Cross for the VIC title my senior year (1976). I emailed this to the school and never got a response…it has led me to believe that FMS feels anything less than perfection is bad for the school image which is far from the truth. And don’t get me started on the watering down of the “rat” system over the years…apparently there was concern that kid gloves were needed to integrate the new cadets into the system. Sorry if I sound like I’m venting…just a slow build up of frustration over the years of what I believe are PC standards.