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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Gary W Martini ~ April 9, 2012
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 04/08/2012 5:04:27 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.

Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!

~ Hall of Heroes ~

Gary W. Martini

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Private First Class Gary Wayne Martini (September 21, 1948泡pril 21, 1967) was a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism in April 1967 during the Vietnam War.

Martini was born on September 21, 1948, in Lexington, Virginia. His early education was completed in Frankford, West Virginia, where he participated in intramural sports. After moving with his parents to Charleston, West Virginia, he attended Stonewall Jackson High School through the 11th grade. His family then moved temporarily to Portland, Oregon, and Gary attended David Douglas High School until February 1966.

On March 3, 1966, Gary Martini enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Portland, Oregon and was ordered to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. He received recruit training with the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and upon graduation in May, was transferred to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, where he underwent individual combat training with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment.

He attended the Battalion Infantry Training School at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, for one month prior to being transferred to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in July 1966. After his arrival at Camp Lejeune, he was assigned duty as a rifleman with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. While serving in this capacity, he was promoted to private first class in September 1966.

Transferred to the Far East in the Republic of Vietnam in December 1966, PFC Martini joined Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. During Operation Union at Binh Son, Da Nang, on April 21, 1967, he was mortally wounded when he went to the aid of his wounded comrades.

His medals and decorations include: the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Martini Hall (Building #622) at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is named in honor of PFC Gary W. Martini. Martini completed his recruit training at MCRD San Diego in 1966.

Gary Wayne Martini's name is inscribed on the Vietnam War Memorial ("The Wall") on Panel 8E, 61.

Martini Hall at Camp Horno in Camp Pendleton, CA is a chowhall named in honor of PFC Gary W. Martini.

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS GARY W. MARTINI UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifleman, Company F, Second Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam. On 21 April 1967, during Operation UNION, elements of Company F, conducting offensive operations at Binh Son, encountered a firmly entrenched enemy force and immediately deployed to engage them. The Marines in Private Martini's platoon assaulted across an open rice paddy to within twenty meters of the enemy trench line where they were suddenly struck by hand grenades, intense small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire. The enemy onslaught killed 14 and wounded 18 Marines, pinning the remainder of the platoon down behind a low paddy dike. In the face of imminent danger, Private Martini immediately crawled over the dike to a forward open area within 15 meters of the enemy position where, continuously exposed to the hostile fire, he hurled hand grenades, killing several of the enemy. Crawling back through the intense fire, he rejoined his platoon which had moved to the relative safety of a trench line. From this position he observed several of his wounded comrades lying helpless in the fire swept paddy. Although he knew that one man had been killed, attempting to assist the wounded, Private Martini raced through the open area and dragged a comrade back to the friendly position. In spite of a serious wound received during this first daring rescue, he again braved the unrelenting fury of the enemy fire to aid another companion lying wounded only twenty meters in front of the enemy trench line. As he reached the fallen Marine, he received a mortal wound, but disregarding his own condition, he began to drag the Marine toward his platoon's position. Observing men from his unit attempting to leave the security of their position to aid him, concerned only for their safety, he called to them to remain under cover and through a final supreme effort, moved his injured comrade to where he could be pulled to safety, before he fell, succumbing to his wounds. Stouthearted and indomitable, Private Martini unhesitatingly yielded his own life to save two of his comrades and insure the safety of the remainder of his platoon. His outstanding courage, valiant fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty reflected the highest credit upon himself, the Marine Corps, and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

/S/ LYNDON B. JOHNSON

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To: Kathy in Alaska

Evening Kathy, Hugs.


21 posted on 04/08/2012 6:19:16 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC

Thank God for heroes like this man! They are what have made our country the greatest in the world!

Thanks, Galz, for this tribute to him! (((hugs)))


22 posted on 04/08/2012 6:20:13 PM PDT by LUV W (Reserved for a hero........)
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To: Army Air Corps

Evening AAC, Hugs.


23 posted on 04/08/2012 6:20:19 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: left that other site

Evening ElKabong, Hug


24 posted on 04/08/2012 6:21:11 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Evening Mac, Hugs.


25 posted on 04/08/2012 6:22:28 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Blue kids today.


26 posted on 04/08/2012 6:23:14 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: LUV W

Evening Luvvy, Hugs.


27 posted on 04/08/2012 6:23:49 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Howdy, taz! (((hugs)))

Hope you and Taz-Man had a lovely Easter Sunday together!


28 posted on 04/08/2012 6:27:00 PM PDT by LUV W (Reserved for a hero........)
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To: HopeandGlory
Thanks, Nana Hope, for today's Pledge…((HUGS)). Thanks, AfghanMan and Penguin Girl, for your service to America.


29 posted on 04/08/2012 6:27:17 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: TASMANIANRED
Good evening, Taz!

*HUGS*

Hope you have had a Happy Easter!



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

30 posted on 04/08/2012 6:28:17 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Freep mail me to be on or off the Daily Bread ping list


Hope For A “Mudder”

April 9, 2012

When my husband built a covered porch on the front of our house, he anticipated that someday a bird might try to build a nest there. So he built the top of the corner post on a slant. Later we laughed smugly when we saw robins trying their best to claim squatting rights to a new home. Piles of grass on the porch revealed their wasted efforts. But after 2 days of steady rain, we saw that a nest had indeed appeared in the very spot we thought was impossible. Because of the rain, Mrs. Robin was able to mix up a batch of mud mortar. Weaving it with twigs and grass, our determined feathered friend had built herself a new nest. She had persevered.

Perseverance is inspiring! Trying to live a Christ-honoring life while experiencing hardship can leave us frustrated and discouraged. But when we depend on God to help us through our difficulties, we are empowered to keep going even when we can’t always see the resolution of our problems. Galatians 6:9 reminds us not to grow “weary while doing good” and encourages us not to give up.

Is our loving God using a seemingly insurmountable challenge in your life to produce perseverance? Let Him produce in you character, and through character, hope (Rom. 5:3-4).

When trials intrude to slow down your life,
It would be easy for you to give in;
But by perseverance you’ll overcome strife,
So just keep on plodding—with Christ you can win. —Branon
When the world says, “Give up,” hope whispers, “Try it one more time!”

Read: James 1:2-4

Tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. —Romans 5:3-4
Bible in a Year:
2 Kings 11-14


31 posted on 04/08/2012 6:30:31 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: mountainlion
All gave some. Some gave all.

Heroes all!!

Good evening, mountainlion. Happy Easter Sunday to you and yours.

32 posted on 04/08/2012 6:34:52 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: ConorMacNessa
A tad late, bit....

Permission Granted!


33 posted on 04/08/2012 6:37:54 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC
Thanks very much Kathy! Thanks to you and Star for tonight's Hall of Heroes!

*HUGS*

Pfc. Martini is a most worthy addition to our Pantheon!



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

34 posted on 04/08/2012 6:44:35 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa; AZamericonnie
This is what yesterday looked like, all day!

According to the news....."Snow fell across the city Saturday morning and into the afternoon, and at 4 p.m. the official tally was 133.6 inches, breaking a record set during the winter of 1954-55 by an even 1 inch. Another 0.9 inches fell by 7 p.m., putting the total at 134.5, where it would likely stand through the evening, the Weather Service said."

Today is bright and sunny....and melting.


35 posted on 04/08/2012 6:53:56 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

DITTO BUMP!!


36 posted on 04/08/2012 7:14:54 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC
Good evening, Ladies! *hugs*

Thank you for tonights Hall of Heroes. Another one so young, yet so brave!

37 posted on 04/08/2012 7:16:11 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: left that other site

Evenin’ ML! *hugs*


38 posted on 04/08/2012 7:20:15 PM PDT by oldteen
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To: LUV W

We had a few minutes together.

Work hasn’t been too bad.


39 posted on 04/08/2012 7:21:27 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: ConorMacNessa

And you as well.

Work hasn’t been bad.

Had 1 ear bud in listening to Gregorian chants all day.

The other ear on the phone.

Haven’t gotten exasperated with anyone today.. maybe I should make this a daily practice.


40 posted on 04/08/2012 7:23:17 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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