Joseph Thomas MartinFirst Sergeant
595TH ENG CO, 34TH ENG GRP, 20TH ENG BDE
Army of the United States
28 March 1925 - 11 May 1967
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The database page for Joseph Thomas Martin
My grandfather served as a paratrooper in World War Two and served again in Korea. In Vietnam he was a Combat Engineer.
25 Apr 2005
My name is Trenton Martin, I am Joseph's grandson. Though all I know about him is what I have read in his records or heard from my father I hope this page can for the most part help you understand who he was.
From his Grandson,
Uncle Joe was a career Army man who loved his job and family, he was also the first paratrooper to come from Trinidad, Colorado! You are not forgotten, Unc!
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In World War II Joseph Martin was a paratrooper with the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, which in turn was assigned to various higher headquarters. The 509th made combat jumps during the invasion of North Africa and at Salerno, Italy, where a behind-the-lines jump led to very heavy casualties.
The 1st Airborne Task Force (1st ABTF) was a division-sized unit activated on July 11, 1944, in preparation for the invasion of Southern France. The 1st ABTF consisted of the British 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade; the U.S. 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion with the attached 463rd Parachute Field Artillery Battalion; the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team; the 550th Glider Infantry Battalion; and the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion. The 1st ABTF was responsible for liberating Cannes and Nice during the 15 August 1944 invasion, and then was directed to secure strategic mountain-top positions in the Maritime Alps along the Franco-Italian border. During this campaign Private Martin was awarded the Silver Star:
The 1st ABTF was dissolved at the end of November 1944 and the 509th PIB was transferred north just in time to be involved in the Battle of the Bulge (Ardennes Forest, Dec/Jan 1944-45).
In Korea, then-Corporal Martin served with the 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, and was wounded in action on 14 Sep 1950. It may have been consequences from this injury which prompted a change in military specialty from Infantry to Engineers; he was Infantry when wounded in Korea but held an Engineer MOS by the time he was assigned to Vietnam.
First Sergeant Joseph T. Martin, veteran of three wars, rests in Site 247, Section J, of the Fort Riley Post Cemetery, Fort Riley, Kansas.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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