MARTIN G GIVEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 38W, LINE 26 OF THE WALL

MARTIN GEHRING GIVEN

WALL NAME

MARTIN G GIVEN

PANEL / LINE

38W/26

DATE OF BIRTH

06/02/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/21/1968

HOME OF RECORD

NORTHFIELD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Franklin County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MARTIN GEHRING GIVEN
POSTED ON 12.23.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Martin Given,
Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor Helicopter Pilot. Merry Christmas. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.28.2018
POSTED BY: Norman Wood

Remembering Marty Given on Memorial Day, May 28 2018

We went to Mount Hermon School as day students and became friends. We rebuilt my old motor scooter over at your house. After 1966 we lost touch. Then I heard that you joined up to fly helicopters. Then you were killed, barely 20 years old. I think about you often Marty even 50 years later.
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POSTED ON 7.17.2017
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of WO1 Martin G. Given

Final Mission of WO1 Martin G. Given
On November 21, 1968, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D (tail number 66-16297) from the 119th Assault Helicopter Company was on a reconnaissance mission equipped with a personnel detection device for locating enemy soldiers. The operation required the aircraft to be flown at low levels over enemy terrain. The helicopter was flown over an area in Kontum Province (II Corps), RVN, that was known to have a large concentration of enemy forces. The detection device registered heavily many times revealing the enemy position. On its last pass, the aircraft came under intense enemy fire and crashed and burned. Four crewmen and two passengers were killed in the incident. The lost crewmen included aircraft commander WO1 Martin G. Given, pilot WO1 Robert L. Storey, crew chief SP5 Billie J. Ontis, and gunner SP5 Eddy G. Sumpter. The two passengers were SP4 Warren G. Haugen and SGT Charles F. Rein. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information contained in the citation of WO1 Given’s Distinguished Flying Cross award]
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POSTED ON 11.21.2016
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Citation

Martin Gehring Given
Date of birth: June 2, 1948
Date of death: November 21, 1968
Home of record: Northfield Massachusetts
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Warrant Officer (W-1) Martin Gehring Given (ASN: W-3160763), United States Army, for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty on 21 November 1968. Warrant Officer Given distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions while serving as aircraft commander of an unarmed helicopter on a reconnaissance mission. His ship had been equipped with a personnel detection device which required the aircraft to be flown at low levels over enemy terrain. He skillfully maneuvered the aircraft over an area that was known to have a large concentration of enemy forces. The detection device registered heavily many times revealing the enemy position. On the last pass, the aircraft came under intense enemy fire and crashed, mortally wounding Warrant Officer Given, His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Aviation Brigade, General Orders No. 32 (January 2, 1969)

Action Date: November 21, 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Warrant Officer

Company: 119th Assault Helicopter Company

Regiment: 1st Aviation Brigade
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POSTED ON 1.15.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering an American Hero

Dear WO Martin Gehring Given, sir,

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you 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. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

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

Curt Carter

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