John James Martinez

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
25 May 1947 - 23 November 1967
Midvale, Utah
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John James Martinez

25 Oct 2001


Ryan Crandall

18 Nov 2001


You are alive in our hearts and our thoughts. You have taught us the true meaning of freedom. You have also inspired me to try to have my kids succeed. We all love you and miss you. You are forever in our thoughts and prayers.

Love from your brother,

E-mail address is not available.

25 March 2002

To my Brother
John James Martinez

Thank you so much, I have so many fond memories of you even though
I was so young (9 years old). Your memory lives on in our hearts.
We miss you and love you very much. I speak of you often and share
some of the times we had together with others. Thank you for our
freedom and making me proud to be your sister.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I'll love you forever, until we meet again.

Your sister

05 May 2002

Uncle Jimmy,

Your sacrifice for your country will never be forgotten.
You are an inspiration. Thank you for all that you have done.
We love you dearly.

Thank you
Kyle Carlson
Operation Specialist Third Class, USN

22 June 2002

"Cousin Jimmy"

Today I saw "Your Name"
I didn't know you very well,
but I feel we share a military bond.
I have remembered you throughout
my career in the U.S. Air Force, especially
on those special days we remember our Veterans.
For I was only eight years old when
you paid the ultimate sacrifice. Believe me,
"You will NEVER be forgotten".
You make me proud to be a Veteran.
I share your memory with my family,
for they too will see "Your Name".
You live in our minds and in our hearts.

Love, from your Cousin "Mikey"
Frederick Michael Gonzales
Master Sergeant, United States Air Force (Retired)

22 Feb 2006

Hey Brother,

Well, this is going to be hard to write but I'll give it a try.

I know that you're enjoying Dad, Lorna and everybody else who have gone before us and I pray that you're all together.

Wow, I thought I was 10 years old when you died but in reality I was 11 years. I remember you often and pray for you every day, I know that you're with God, Jesus and our Blessed Mother and that you're always watching over us. I think that's why you have asked God to let us all have Dad and Lorna for the time we had with them.

I will never forget you and always tell my kids how great you were. I share stories with them all the time that I remember of you, we have pictures of you so that everybody who comes over to the house will also know you. When we see anyone in a military uniform or know of anyone who is in the service, we always thank them for protecting our freedom as you did. I also let them know that we lost you in Vietnam.

Jimmy, I miss and love you. Take care and enjoy Dad, Lorna and everybody who have left us. I know that someday we will all be together again.

Love you

From his brother,
Ben Martinez

22 Feb 2006

Even though I never met you, you are still family. I'm proud to say that I had an uncle that lost his life in Vietnam for the freedom of others.

Rest In Peace.

Dustin McClellan
E-mail address is not available.

23 Oct 2006

The memories posted on this site helped me reflect on the price a soldier pays to preserve freedom. The comments posted by his siblings make me realize that these men are more than a name engraved on a wall, and that they are somebody's son, brother, friend or loved one. These comments breathe life into the memory of this Marine. I appriciate the time his loved ones took to share their feelings. God bless your loved one and you for sharing his memory with the world.

From a grateful soldier,
PFC Bedolla
United States Army
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

According to the 2/1 Command Chronology for November 1967, while 3rd Plt, Hotel 2/1 was operating about 6 kilometers south-southeast of Quang Tri Airfield on the 23rd a box-type mine was tripped at 2320H, killing three men and wounding one other. The three dead were

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 Oct 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009