Martin, Donnie Joe, SGT

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Infantry (Enlisted)
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1968-1969, 11B10, 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1968 - 1969


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Casualty Date
Mar 15, 1969
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
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Not Specified
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29W 046

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  1968, 3rd Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Campbell, KY), C/3
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23rd Infantry Division (Americal)11th Infantry Brigade (Light)3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment
  1968-1969, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
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  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
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Donnie Martin was inducted into the Army on May 23, 1968 in Indianapolis, IN.
Then he went thru Basic Training At Fort Campbell, KY assigned to the 1st Bde, 3rd Bn, Charlie Co, 3rd Pltn from May thru end July.
He was immediately shipped out to Fort Lewis, WA for Advanced Infantry Training and finished around the first of Oct. He then had a two week leave and returned home back in Indiana.
Donnie, John McKinness (Frankfort, IN) and Roy Moore (Chalmers, IN) rode back to Indiana with Gerald Maddock (Monticello, IN) and his wife (Connie) which she had come out to WA by car to be near her husband for the last six/seven weeks of training. They all had orders to report to Oakland CA in order to ship out for the Republic of Vietnam on Oct 18, 1968.
Most of the unit from AIT flew over to Vietnam on the same plane which went by way of Anchorage, Alaska and Tokyo, Japan and landed in Bien Hoa, then went to Long Bihn to the 90th Replacement Center to be assigned to a unit.

This is what I wrote to my wife on March 29, 1969:
I found out today that Donnie Martin was KIA, I went thru Basic and AIT with him. He rode back with us from Ft Lewis WA to Indiana after AIT. He was from Frankfort. ~ Rest In Peace, Brother ~ You will never be forgotten ~
By Gerald Maddock
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Service #   55948425

Start of Tour   10/19/1968

Distinguished Service Cross

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Donnie Joe Martin (US55948425), Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 3d Battalion, 1st Infantry, Americal Division.
Specialist Four Martin distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 15 March 1969 during a combat sweep operation near the village of Bich Chieu, in Quang Ngai Province.
As his company was struggling through thick underbrush, hedgerows and bamboo, it suddenly came under heavy fire from a well-concealed bunker. Specialist Martin spotted the stronghold and led two comrades on an assault, killing four North Vietnamese soldiers in the position and capturing their weapons.
His company continued its advance and made contact with another concealed enemy force. Seeing that one of his men had been seriously wounded and lay trapped under the hostile fusillade, Specialist Martin rushed into the bullet-swept area and carried the man to safety.
A short time later, while his unit was again moving through open terrain, the communists sprang an ambush, firing automatic weapons and throwing grenades from three sides.
After locating the enemy bunker which was the greatest threat to his element, Specialist Martin jumped a hedgerow and single-handedly assaulted it. During an intense exchange of fire between him and the North Vietnamese soldiers in the fortification, he was mortally wounded.
Specialist Four Martin's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. Headquarters, US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1832 (May 21, 1969)
Home Town: Frankfort, Indiana.

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