|courtesy of Kathy Holland|
Already in the U.S. Army reserves, Marvin was called to active duty in March 1943. After infantry training he was eventually sent to the European theater. PFC Scharf was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jul 1944 to serve as a rifleman despite at least some previous medical training. He was promoted to SGT on 1 Nov 1944. SGT Scharf then served as a squad leader in G Company in the fighting at Baesweiler, Setterich, Ungerhausen, Englesdorf, and finally, Koslar. It was on 28 Nov 1944, the day that Koslar was officially declared captured/secured that SGT Scharf was wounded later dying of his wound(s) on that same day.
SGT Scharf was repatriated and re-interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.