ALAN C MARTIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 29W, LINE 15 OF THE WALL

ALAN CRAIG MARTIN

WALL NAME

ALAN C MARTIN

PANEL / LINE

29W/15

DATE OF BIRTH

07/01/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/08/1969

HOME OF RECORD

CANADA

STATE

ZZ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ALAN CRAIG MARTIN
POSTED ON 12.24.2019
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of SGT Alan C. Martin Jr.

On March 8, 1969, a United States Air Force Lockheed C-130E Hercules (#64-0545) from the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing crashed in poor weather at Ching Chuan Kang Airbase in Taichung, Taiwan, following a flight from Vietnam. The pilot reportedly was ordered to divert to Kadena Air Base in Japan; however, the Hercules orbited the airfield for an hour before attempting a landing. While on final approach, the aircraft experienced fuel starvation. The Hercules came in to the right of the runway, its right wing tip making contact and shearing off the wing. The aircraft flipped onto its back and came to a rest inverted. A fire burned through the cabin of the aircraft. Nine personnel were killed in the post-crash fire. Three survivors were medivacked but died on the 14th, 15th and 16th of March. The lost personnel were COL Ralph A. Cone, LTC Paul E. Garrett, MAJ William J. Griffin (died 03/14/1969), TSGT John W. Israel, MAJ Warren L. Long, SGT Alan C. Martin Jr., SSGT Barry W. Murtaugh, SGT Eugene Pizzino II (died 03/16/1969), MAJ Raymond L. Tacke, MSGT William B. Terry, SSGT Gordon L. Wheeler, and SSGT Robert L. Wilson (died 03/15/1969). The twelve airmen had their names added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. in May 1986. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, aviation-safety.net, baaa-acro.com, and information provided by Allen R. Wood (March 2010) at c-130hercules.net]
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POSTED ON 1.28.2019
POSTED BY: Chuck Gill

rememberance of Alan

Very good friends with Alan when station at CCK Air Force Base Taiwan China 1968-1969 I was at the site of the crash on March 8 1969 a day I will never forget.R.I.P. my friend until we meet again.
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POSTED ON 1.28.2019
POSTED BY: Joyce Young

For his family and friends

"I am from Sable River so I am familiar with some of the Martin family story. Alan had a sister, Barbara (Martin) Dittler, who passed away a few years ago, and her husband David Dittler Sr. just recently passed away. Their son, Dave Dittler Jr.m still lives in Sable River and I understand that he is currently clearing up personal items from the family home, so I’m sure he will have pictures of Alan. I believe Alan’s brother, Herbert Martin, is still living in Port Coquitland, British Columbia.

I wish my Mom was still with us because she was certainly familiar with the entire story about Alan. My Mom and Alan’s sister Barbara were best friends. Alan’s Dad, Alan Craig Martin, Sr., was known to all of us kids growing up as 'Mr. Marty'. I did not know Alan’s mother Bonnie but I do know that her maiden name was Huskilson from here in Lockeport. Alan (attended) the Lockeport Regional High School
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POSTED ON 10.14.2015
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Alan is buried at Hillside Cemetery, Sable River, Nova Scotia,CN.
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POSTED ON 3.7.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT Alan Craig 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.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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