Babbitt, Byron L.


Staff Sergeant Byron L. Babbitt, U.S.M.C Ret., 84, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2020 at home in Crozier, VA. Born in Iowa City, IA, Byron was the son of the late Lazelle Clair and Juliette Elmore Babbitt. He was a former resident of Jacksonville, NC, Muscatine, IA and Fork Union, VA. He served 30 years in the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam Era and the Cold War. During his service, he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal with Valor, Navy “E” Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal and Korean Defense Service Medal.
    Byron was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a member of the V.F.W, the American Legion and was a founding member of the U.S. Seagoing Marine Association serving as the Association’s first president. He was proud to have been instrumental in the placement of a permanent monument at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA to recognize the service and sacrifice of all seagoing marines.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; brothers, Frank and Freeland; and sisters, Frances and Betty. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Sam and DeNae Babbitt of Crozier, VA; his son, James Babbitt of Southern Pines, NC; his 2 grandchildren, Alejandra and Isaac Babbitt of Crozier, VA; his sister, Jackie Cole of Muscatine, IA and his many nieces and nephews.
    Byron loved animals and would have been pleased that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Caring for Creatures, 352 Sanctuary Lane, Palmyra, VA 22963Byron will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Norman Funeral Chapel in Goochland, VA.
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  1. I had the honor of serving with Byron aboard the USS BOSTON. A great,squared away Marine. Semper Fi Byron, enjoy your tour in heaven.

  2. Byron is my uncle. I remember when he first joined the Marines and the many times he came home to visit during his career. He and his brother Frank, who was in the Army, were inspirations for my career in the Navy.

  3. I served with Byron in 2d Marine Division. He was a professional and good Marine dedicated to the Corps and his friends. It was an honor to be included in his circle of friends. He was also a plankowner and driving force in organizing the US Seagoing Marine Association. Belated news of his loss comes as a shock to me. He will be missed but never forgotten. Semper Fi old friend, Gunner

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