VIETNAM - MARTIN, JAMES MICHAEL

Martin, James Michael

 

VIETNAM - MARTIN, JAMES MICHAEL
MARTIN, JAMES MICHAEL

Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 23-Mar-1948

Hometown: Tuckasegee, North Carolina

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 13-Nov-1967

Start of tour: 18-Apr-1968

Incident date: 20-Nov-1968

Date of casualty: 20-Nov-1968

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Artillery/Mortar/Rocket. Artillery, rocket, or mortar.
James Michael Martin died from wound received while at a night defensive position when area came under hostile mortar attack. / (Individual was transported to 93rd Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh.)

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP4 Robert Lloyd Detrick
SP4 James Michael Martin

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Tuckasegee Baptist Church Cemetery, Tuckasegee, North Carolina, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 38W 019 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR JAMES MICHAEL MARTIN
20 NOVEMBER 1968
HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS TROOP, 1st SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Martin distinguished himself by heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force on 20 November 1968 while serving as a driver with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date in the vicinity of Binh My, Headquarters Troop was deployed in a night defensive position in an open field, when suddenly it came under an intense barrage of enemy small arms, automatic weapons, mortar and antitank rocket fire from two companies of the North Vietnamese Army who were concealed in the dense jungle terrain outside the friendly perimeter. At the instant the attack began, Specialist Martin, completely disregarding his own safety, left the relative safety of his compartment and manned one of the M60 machine guns on his vehicle. Completely exposed to the concentrated and highly accurate enemy fire, Specialist Martin delivered highly accurate suppressive fire upon the communist forces until he was severely wounded. Although suffering intense pain, Specialist Martin continued to maintain his fire, moving from one gun to another on his vehicle in order to place maximum fire on the enemy, until he was mortally wounded. Specialist Four Martin’s courage and heroic actions 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, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 1878 (10 December 1968)

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