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Folsom A to Z: Marshall Collin Farley

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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Editor’s note: Folsom A to Z is an intermittent series in the Telegraph where readers can learn facts and history about Folsom. Each week, the Telegraph will select a landmark, place, historical figure and major historical event that start with the next letter of the alphabet. This week we continue with “F.”

  • Marshall Collin Farley was a Folsom resident who volunteered to serve as a scout dog handler in the Vietnam War.
  • He served in the Army, attaining the rank of Specialist Fourth Class and earned several medals.
  • Farley served on the front lines with his scout dog “Bootsy.”
  • He and Bootsy were killed in action on September 19, 1967.
  • The City of Folsom dedicated a baseball field in Farley’s honor. 
  • The ball field was moved nearby to make room for the Folsom Public Library Georgia Murray Building and a veteran’s memorial. 
  • A statue of a kneeling soldier at one corner of the veteran’s memorial looks across to a statue of a dog standing on alert. The interaction of the two statues pays tribute to Farley and Bootsy. 
  • Farley Court was also named in his honor.