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Marlon V. Gaines

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Marlon Varando Gaines was born September 30, 1958, in east Tennessee to a young couple, a soldier and cosmetologist. Transitioning through their divorce and segregation into the second grade, his mother drilled into him, "Boy, you better act like you got some sense when you're out in public." With a love of the arts: film, acting, drawing and oil painting, Marlon joined the Navy, the day after his high school graduation, May 27, 1976. Marlon quickly excelled and became one of the youngest Assistant Drill instructors on the Navy base at the age of 17. Read more...

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