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GERALD WILLIAM MARKWITH

  • Wall Name:GERALD W MARKWITH
  • Date of Birth:4/18/1948
  • Date of Casualty:3/1/1968
  • Home of Record:FEDERAL WAY
  • County of Record:KING COUNTY
  • State:WA
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Line:42E, 20
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI

JOSEPH MAYES

  • Wall Name:JOSEPH MAYES
  • Date of Birth:10/5/1942
  • Date of Casualty:3/1/1968
  • Home of Record:CHESNEE
  • County of Record:CHEROKEE COUNTY
  • State:SC
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line:42E, 20
  • Casualty Province:PHONG DINH

GARY ALAN MARTIN


is honored on Panel 42E, Line 20 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Sad Day 49 years ago today.

    Posted on 3/2/17 - by TK Allen tkallen1946@gmail.com
    Gary and I served in C1/9 together, I was assigned to 60mm mortars the night Gary was killed and didn't learn what happened until the next morning. I was in disbelief then and still think about him often.
    On patrol one time we come across a water buffalo, Gary was scared the beast was going to attack us and pulled up on him with that M79. I said you may want to rethink that we are a little close. Gary agreed and we had a good laugh about it knowing that probably would of hurt more then the water buffalo. It finally just walked slowly away from us and we went happily on our way .
    Gary was a great guy, brave with a great sense of humor. I will never forget him.
    TK Allen
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  • My Best Friend

    Posted on 1/3/17 - by Ross Kasminoff InvictusRose@gmail.com
    Marty & I met in CA in pre-Nam training. We hooked up w/another Marine named Pruitt & quickly became inseparable, until Pruitt got assigned to another outfit once we landed in Da Nang.

    We got assigned to the same platoon in the infamous Walking Dead (C/1/9), and want on many patrols together, with me on the machine gun and Marty on the M79 grenade launcher.

    Limited space here, but Marty was a brave Marine and a loyal friend. On the night he was killed, I was on watch at Khe Sanh during the siege, and let him sleep an extra 20 minutes before waking him. He took over the firing position and I no sooner laid down, when a loud explosion went off outside the bunker.

    When I ran out, I saw that his position had been hit and he had died instantly. It was a horrible moment & I will never forget him. Hardly a day goes by that his face doesn't appear in my mind. Love & miss you.Your brother, Kas
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  • my uncle

    Posted on 5/24/15 - by Katie Hart ktbecca@aol.com
    This is my Uncle Gary that I never got to meet. He was the only sibling of my mother. I know very little about him other than he was not very tall and was very headstrong. If anyone was in service with him I would love to hear stories of him.
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  • Semper Fi, Marine.

    Posted on 3/1/14 - by A Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/11/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear LCPL Gary Alan Martin, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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