John D MartinSergeant
A CO, 5TH BN, 46TH INF RGT, 198 INF BDE
Army of the United States
21 June 1945 - 13 July 1969
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The database page for John D Martin
John was an only child and the only one from his family to graduate from college. After graduating from Lamesa High School, Lamesa, Texas in 1963, he earned his B. S. in Transportation Systems from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
After graduating from college he received his draft notice and made the most of it. He completed infantry training and attended the NCO academy, where he was promoted to Sergeant. He then received his orders for Vietnam. He arrived in country in February 1969. As a squad leader, he refused to order anyone to walk point, a job he took for himself. It was doing this that cost him his life when he stepped on a mine.
A friend wrote about the eulogy of many who were killed in Vietnam:
John is remembered by his friends, his community and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial located at the Midland International Airport, Midland, Texas.
From a PBVVM representative,
I was only a young girl when John D. was drafted into the military, but I remember him so well. So handsome and polite. Our parents were good friends. They had taught him to be well mannered, although I believe he would have been without any training. He was a good man and had such a bright future, as so many young men during the Viet Nam years. After his death, his parents gave me his tennis racket complete with the racket guard where he had printed his name. I am proudly displaying that racket in my home and never let the chance go by without telling someone who it belonged to. Thank you John D. for your sacrifice for me and my family.
From a friend,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Apr 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009