1926 – 2003
ViraFend® and the US Military
Viralogics Corporation, maker of ViraFend, is deeply and personally rooted in supporting our Armed Forces, and our Wounded Veterans. Viralogics was founded in 2011 by the son of a now-deceased United States Marine Corps Corporal, who fought for our country on Iwo Jima during World War II.
Cpl. Norman Marion served in the Fourth Marine Division which led the first assault wave on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, one of the bloodiest and most intense battles of the Pacific War of World War II.
In late February, Cpl. Marion was severely wounded when a mortar shell landed and exploded behind him, embedding numerous pieces of shrapnel in the back of his skull. The then-current surgical technique was not as advanced as it is today, and surgeons were only able to remove the larger pieces of shrapnel, leaving many smaller pieces in his head. It took more than two years for Cpl. Marion to recover from the wounds he received in battle, and the damage of his injuries followed him the rest of his life. Cpl. Marion received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in combat.
Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1926, Norman Marion enlisted in the US Marine Corps to serve his country during World War II. Hugely proud of his service to our country and of being a United States Marine, Cpl. Marion, USMCR, instilled a deep love of country and respect for our Armed Forces in his son Martin, who went on to found Viralogics Corporation many years later.
Over the years after the war, smaller pieces of shrapnel left in Cpl. Norman Marion’s head started to migrate, and as they hit and tore blood vessels in his brain, Cpl. Marion suffered a series of smaller, and eventually larger debilitating strokes throughout the balance of his life. In mid-January, 2003, Cpl. Marion suffered what would be his last stroke, and passed away on January 20, 2003 at the age of 76, with his devoted wife and his two sons at his bedside. Cpl. Marion was buried with a Marine Corps Honor Guard at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.
A Message From Viralogics Founder, Martin Marion
As the son of a proud United States Marine, I grew up in a family fiercely loyal to our American freedoms, and our way of life. While I personally did not always agree with the politics of the day, I have never wavered in my respect for our country, our flag, our freedoms, and those who served then and now. While I did not have the honor of service, to this day I proudly wear my father’s dog tags around my neck to remind me every day of what sacrifice really means, and to honor his memory.
It is with the deepest sense of respect that, as the founder of Viralogics Corporation, and in honor of the legacy of my Dad, we are proud to support and help our wounded veterans by donating $2.00 from every sale of ViraFend to and through the United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce to support such incredibly important programs as the Department of Defense Warrior Games and the US Invictus Team. We are honored to be of help in the transitioning of US military, veterans and their families.
For all who gave so much, we are humbled to give our share to say thank you for your service.
And to you, Dad, thank you for giving me life and for my cherished brother. We miss you every day but you are always with us.