Jim Marshall becomes first Wyomingite to receive 'Spirit of Hope' award

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A Cheyenne man was honored in Washington Thursday. Retired Navy Chief Jim Marshall made a trip to the Pentagon to take part in a ceremony honoring service members.

Jim Marshall says he is humbled to receive the 'Spirit of Hope' award.

Jim Marshall received the Spirit of Hope Award for his service to country and community. He is the first Wyomingite to receive the award.

“I kind of have to say this award is for all my Navy guys and Marine Corps guys in Cheyenne,” said Marshall.

The award, named after actor and comedian Bob Hope, is given to armed forces members, entertainers, and other worthy Americans for patriotism and service that imitates his legacy.

In a land-locked state with rich Air Force connections, Marshall’s efforts have strengthened ties between the Navy and the people of Wyoming, putting on Navy Balls, Toys for Tots drives and more.

“It means a lot to be able to help the people that are unfortunate that can’t buy all the toys for their kids,” said Marshall.

Marshall also spearheaded the relocation of a 42-foot submarine periscope from Rhode Island to the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Marshall says he likes showing off the innovation of the U.S. Navy.

“Bring family, bring friends. The young kids. They’re just amazed,” said Marshall.

Marshall says awards are nice, but the real reward is in hosting events and be a role model not just for kids but for young sailors as well.

“That means a lot for them. That means a lot for me to be able to help them out,” said Marshall.