MARTIN R KNIGHT
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HONORED ON PANEL 40E, LINE 23 OF THE WALL

MARTIN ROY KNIGHT

WALL NAME

MARTIN R KNIGHT

PANEL / LINE

40E/23

DATE OF BIRTH

01/03/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH THUAN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/19/1968

HOME OF RECORD

BELDING

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ionia County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MARTIN ROY KNIGHT
POSTED ON 11.27.2015

Final Mission of PFC Martin R. Knight

Before dawn on February 19, 1968 an estimated Viet Cong battalion attacked the Province Headquarters in downtown Phan Thiet. A simultaneous attack was launched on the 44th ARVN Regiment facility located northeast of the headquarters. At 0915 hours, an intelligence report was received indicating that an estimated forty wounded enemy soldiers were being carried by laborers six kilometers west of the city. In response, Alpha Company “Currahees,” 3/506th Infantry, was sent from LZ Betty across the Ca Ty River to the north bank to conduct a sweep and secure the area. Once across the river, 1st Platoon A/3/506 made contact with an enemy force. Following air and artillery strikes on the enemy positions, A/3/506 moved forward and engaged an estimated reinforced company-size enemy force in well-concealed and reinforced bunkers. The 3rd Platoon would bear the brunt of an attack from an enemy in well-concealed positions. While seeking out the VC, 1st platoon had followed 3rd platoon after exiting a cemetery into an open rice paddy. Unbeknownst to them, they were awaited by a patient enemy concealed in an L-shaped bunkers as the platoons moved closer into the kill zone. About 45 meters into the dry rice paddy, the enemy opened up with semi- and automatic weapons accompanied by rocket-propelled grenades. Some of the Currahees were killed instantly, and many others wounded; but those who were able to return fire on the unseen enemy, did so. The battle raged for four hours until darkness began to fall on the battlefield. Under the cover of darkness, Currahees crept forward to recover their dead and wounded comrades. Eight brave Currahees from 3rd platoon had been killed and twenty others wounded. Those who died included PSGT John H. Gfeller, PFC Robert D. Griffis, PFC Martin R. Knight, SP4 Thomas C. Vaughn, PFC Walter M. Patterson, SP4 James R. Webster, SP4 Donald F. Marshall, SGT Carl A. Rattee. [Taken from virtualwall.org and the book My Gift to You by Jerald W. Berry]
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POSTED ON 2.28.2014

Your Great Nephew

Im your brother Sams grandson he talks about you all the time we love and miss you
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POSTED ON 2.22.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Martin Roy Knight, 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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POSTED ON 12.26.2012
POSTED BY: E. Jay Eckhart 3d Plt A Co. 3-506 101st Airborne Division

Currahee Brother

I served with Martin in A Co. 3d Plt. 3506 101st Airborne. He could be counted on for a joke and a smile when times were tough. He is missed by many who served with him. I am proud to say I knew him as a soldier and a man. The picture is Dec. '67.

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POSTED ON 12.21.2009
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Martin is buried at River Ridge Cemetery in Belding, Ionia Co, MI.
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