Airman Second Class Marvin F. "Doc" Brenaman, 78, of Alco, AR, died peacefully in Jonesboro, AR on February 22, 2019. A veteran of the Vietnam War with both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force, he was awarded several awards including the Silver Star. Other awards include the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Doc wore many hats over his lifetime. He loved playing guitar and traveling.
Airman Brenaman was born April 7, 1940 in Hematite, MO to Sam and Ruth Margeret Byington Brenaman. In 1957 he joined the United States Navy where he served as a Field Triage Medic until 1961. He then joined the United States Air Force serving as a Pararescue man, where he participated in an extremely hazardous rescue mission of a downed pilot in May 1965 requiring a flight of, he and his crew of over 200 miles, mostly over hostile controlled areas. For this, he received the Silver Star for his gallantry and devotion to duty.
Airman Brenaman was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, James Nole Brenaman.
Survivors include daughter, Regina McMains; granddaughter, Amanda McMains; a brother, Phil Brenaman; two sisters, Jeanna Brenaman and Kasia Baumer; and his beloved companion, best friend and caregiver, Willene Downs.
Airman Brenaman will be cremated and interred at the Kuykendall Cemetery in Oxley, AR at a later date.