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is honored on Panel 22E, Line 15 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Checking In

    Posted on 5/7/18 - by Mike Martinez
    Hey Joe, just a note to say that at all the reunions and gatherings for the battle on the 19th, the guys always bring up your name. I make it to your gravesite as often as I can and remember to live my life to the fullest in your memory. The guys in 2nd platoon miss your presence every day. Rest easy buddy. Mike Martinez
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/11/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Joseph Thomas 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, Sir

    Curt Carter

    Posted on 1/18/15 - by SGT. W.E. Hicks
    Joseph didn't die alone. He was in my arms on that fateful date.
  • SP4 Joseph 'Dee' T. Martin's biography

    Posted on 5/23/11 - by
    SP4 Joseph “Dee” T. Martin was born at Mt. View Hospital near San Luis Obispo High School on May 1, 1946. He grew up on Pacific Street in San Luis Obispo, the youngest of three boys. His father worked intermittently for the city of San Luis Obispo and as a laborer, his mother a homemaker. Nicknamed “Dee” by his middle brother Larry, SP4 Martin attended Emerson elementary school, the old San Luis Obispo Junior High School, and graduated from San Luis Obispo High School in 1965. While in high school, his interests included cars, hunting, camping, and fishing at Santa Margarita and Nacimiento lakes. He was attending Cuesta College, taking automotive classes, when he was drafted by the Army in May 1966. He did basic training at Fort Riley, KS, attending artillery school, but by his deployment his MOS had switched to weapons. He arrived in Vietnam an M-60 machine gunner in January 1967, serving in the Mekong Delta with the Mobile Riverine Force in Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. SP4 Martin was killed on Father’s Day, June 19, 1967, on the first day of Operation Concordia I, a three-day battle along the Rach Gia River against a battalion-sized Viet Cong force. He was one of 46 American soldiers lost during Concordia. Another 150 soldiers were wounded in the battle. Dee Martin was 21 years-old. He is buried at the San Luis Cemetery in San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • LOCAL SOLDIER, 21, KILLED IN VIETNAM (SLO Co Telegram-Tribune June 24, 1967)

    Posted on 4/27/10 - by


    Joseph Thomas (Dee) Martin, 21, a native of San Luis Obispo, was killed June 19 in Vietnam, according to word received here by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Martin of 369 Pacific St. He was born on May 1, 1946, and attended local schools. He was enrolled at Cuesta College when he was drafted by the Army in May, 1966. He was sent to Vietnam last January and was serving with the 9th Division, 47th Infantry, 4th Brigade. In addition to his parents, survivors include two brothers, Leonard and Larry Martin of San Luis Obispo; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Dora Martin Davis of Los Angeles, and numerous aunts and uncles in the county. Funeral services are pending at Reis Colonial Chapel.


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