JAMES H MARTIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 51W, LINE 42 OF THE WALL

JAMES HENRY MARTIN

WALL NAME

JAMES H MARTIN

PANEL / LINE

51W/42

DATE OF BIRTH

12/14/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/23/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MEMPHIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Shelby County

STATE

TN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES HENRY MARTIN
POSTED ON 6.26.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cpl James Martin, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Father’s Day just passed, and it’s summer. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 10.27.2017

Final Mission of PFC James H. Martin

On July 23, 1968, River Assault Division 91 units with 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry soldiers embarked were enroute to beaching areas on the Giong Trom Canal, eight miles southeast of Ben Tre, RVN, when they were ambushed on the Ben Tre Stream about six miles southeast of Ben Tre. The boats immediately turned toward the ambush positions, saturated the area with machine gun and cannon fire, and landed their infantrymen to counterattack the enemy and search the area. During the battle, the boat captain of Assault Support Patrol Boat 91-4, BM1 John F. Bobb, was killed when a rocket hit the coxswain’s flat of his boat. In his last heroic act before he died, BM1 Bobb beached his boat to prevent it from hitting the other boats in the formation. The gradient where the boat was grounded was very steep, and the boat swamped and subsequently sunk. The ASPB was recovered the following day and returned for repairs. The 20mm gunner on the craft, FN David A. Pearson, was also killed when a 75mm recoilless-rifle round severely damaged his gunmount. Ten other sailors were wounded in the battle. A soldier from A Company, 3rd Battalion, PFC James H. Martin, drowned after being caught on the ramp of one of the troop carriers and pulled into the water while the craft was attempting to extract troops off the beach under fire. PFC Martin was posthumously promoted to corporal. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 7.23.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL James Henry 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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POSTED ON 12.24.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

James is buried at Memphis Nat Cem.
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POSTED ON 5.17.2006
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

NEVER FORGOTTEN

FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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