GILIVALDO A MARTINEZ JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 3E, LINE 41 OF THE WALL

GILIVALDO A MARTINEZ JR

WALL NAME

GILIVALDO A MARTINEZ JR

PANEL / LINE

3E/41

DATE OF BIRTH

10/13/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/11/1965

HOME OF RECORD

LAMESA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Dawson County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GILIVALDO A MARTINEZ JR
POSTED ON 11.15.2018
POSTED BY: Donald Hall

From the unit annual report

"On 11 November 1965 one of the 3rd Platoon's aircraft crashed and burned while on a night mission near Qui Nhon. Enlisted crew Members SP5 Gilivaldo Martinez, PFC Orin L. Allred, and PFC William Esposito sustained fatal injuries. The pilots, Major Richard H. Scott and Captain Edward A. Haswell received serious injuries including third degree burns."
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POSTED ON 10.26.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT Gilivaldo A Martinez Jr, 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 9.8.2012

Remembered

Gilivaldo Martinez went by his nickname of Gil. His family knew him by his middle name of Armando. He was born in Riverside, California, the son of Pauline Samora and Gilvado A. Martinez Sr. His father was in the military and was stationed in California at the time. He was raised in Clovis, New Mexico and Lamesa, Texas. He attended schools in both communities. He graduated from Lamesa High School and went into the Army on October 16, 1962. He completed basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana and then trained as a medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He served as a medic at Fort Hood, Texas and then was reassigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas where he received air ambulance training. He was an original member of the 498th Medical Company when the unit mobilized to Vietnam August 17, 1965.



The 498th arrived in country in mid September 1965 and were made a part of the First Log Command under the command structure. The unit provided medical evacuation services to units operating in the northern part of Vietnam. The 498th was divided into different areas of operation. Gil was attached to an element operating out of Quin Nhon. On November 11, 1965, he was a part of a medical evacuation of a wounded Korean. The helicopter tail number 64-13631 received ground fire and crashed killing Specialist Martinez and two other crewman. Specialist Five Martinez received a posthumous promotion to Staff Sergeant.



Rest in peace with the warriors.

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POSTED ON 1.11.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Gil is buried at Lawn Haven Mem Gardens Cem, Clovis, NM. PH AM ACM
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POSTED ON 2.8.2007
POSTED BY: William E. brown Jr (Retired Army-FlT Medic)

Remember a friend and fellow flight medic

Martinez was a friend and a oustanding medic with the 498th Med Co, we departed the states together in 1965 from Fort Sam Houston to Vietnam. a friend that will always be missed.
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