JOSEPH T MARTIN
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HONORED ON PANEL 22E, LINE 15 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH THOMAS MARTIN

WALL NAME

JOSEPH T MARTIN

PANEL / LINE

22E/15

DATE OF BIRTH

05/01/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/19/1967

HOME OF RECORD

SAN LUIS OBISPO

COUNTY OF RECORD

San Luis Obispo County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSEPH THOMAS MARTIN
POSTED ON 6.27.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Joseph Martin, Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. Your 53rd anniversary just passed, sad. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Independence Day is next week, but an unusual one. 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 5.7.2018
POSTED BY: Mike Martinez

Checking In

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
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POSTED ON 4.11.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

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
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POSTED ON 1.18.2015
POSTED BY: SGT. W.E. Hicks

IN MY ARMS

Joseph didn't die alone. He was in my arms on that fateful date.
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POSTED ON 5.23.2011

SP4 Joseph 'Dee' T. Martin's biography

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.
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