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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; oldteen; StarCMC
A very pleasant good morning to everyone at the Canteen and to all our military at home and abroad. Thanks for your service to our country.

((HUGS))Good morning, Ladies. Thanks for this morning's thread, Star. How's it going?

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, OLDTEEN!!!!!!

81 posted on 04/09/2012 2:40:57 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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82 posted on 04/09/2012 3:00:21 AM 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

Monday morning coffee bump.


83 posted on 04/09/2012 3:08:12 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; LUV W; Arrowhead1952; HiJinx; AZamericonnie; ...


Good morning, Canteen.

Good morning to our

Military, our Allies, and their families.

THANK YOU for all you do.

Thank you, Star, for preparing the Canteen for today’s activities.
KUDOS and thank you go out to Gary W. Martini for his service.

DC Metroland weather report

~ Today...Sunny in the morning...
Then partly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon.
Highs around 70. West winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
Chance of rain 30 percent.

~ Tonight... Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening.
Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph...
Becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight.
Chance of rain 40 percent.

Yeah, well, I'm back in the office this morning.
Had a nice weekend except
had to do tax preparation, which as you all know, is a downer.

I wonder what the government is going to do when I retire
and they can no longer tax us at the higher rate?
Guess they'll think of another way to take our hard earned money.
UNLESS we put a stop to their out-of-control spending, NOW.

The weather had continued to be nice.
Cool evenings and warm days - mid=60s to mid-70s.
This is what I call a really nice spring so far.
But we really do need a little rain.

Gonna try for a walk today once the sun tops the trees.

But first I need to make my rounds
before everyone shows up.
But, you stay right where you are. Cause...............I'll be bock!

The FR Canteen is

Come in and sit for a while.
There's always plenty of coffee, tea,
pancakes, conversation, silliness,
and plain old BS

REMEMBER THEM

DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT

Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above. Honoring those who have served before.



84 posted on 04/09/2012 4:22:45 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Lock and Load)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; SevenofNine; StarCMC; MeekMom; MEG33; HiJinx; acad1228; Arrowhead1952; ...
 

 

 
 

 Good morning,

EVERYBODY!

GOOD

MORNING

TROOPS!

 

 

 

The best contraceptive for old people is nudity. 
 

 



85 posted on 04/09/2012 4:32:51 AM PDT by tomkow6 (...................TOMKOW6 ! The ONLY voice of reason & sanity in a chaotic Canteen!...............)
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Good morning to everyone at the Canteen. 65º and heading for the 80s again.





86 posted on 04/09/2012 4:43:57 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: beachn4fun

Good morning beachy and (((HUGS))) to you.


87 posted on 04/09/2012 5:10:39 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Good morning, dear ((HUGS))

How was your weekend?

Howz the weather?


88 posted on 04/09/2012 5:13:52 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Lock and Load)
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To: beachn4fun

Weather is nice - cool in the morning and mild later.

We got the kitchen stuff back into the new cabinets.


89 posted on 04/09/2012 5:18:39 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: beachn4fun; tomkow6
Good morning, Tomkow6.

((HUGS))Good morning, Beach.

How's it going?

90 posted on 04/09/2012 5:19:33 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Your weather sounds like ours. Getting rain?

How’re you liking new cabinets?


91 posted on 04/09/2012 5:21:52 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Lock and Load)
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To: E.G.C.

Good morning, EG ((HUGS))

all is well even though I have to be in the office.

cool and windy this morning.

How are you? Have a nice weekend?


92 posted on 04/09/2012 5:26:13 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Lock and Load)
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To: BIGLOOK

Aloha, BIGLOOK

sounds like a very interesting conversation you and Aunt Gloria had.


93 posted on 04/09/2012 5:28:05 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Lock and Load)
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To: E.G.C.
Morning!

Did you & Bo have a nice Easter?

94 posted on 04/09/2012 5:46:00 AM PDT by tomkow6 (...................TOMKOW6 ! The ONLY voice of reason & sanity in a chaotic Canteen!...............)
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To: beachn4fun; tomkow6; Kathy in Alaska
Bo and I spent quite a bit of time out at Waurika Lake. We played a few round of stick catch in the water. Also hung out in the non-grassy areas of some parks.

We're watching the weather this week. There's a potential for severe weather for much of this week.

95 posted on 04/09/2012 5:50:09 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: BIGLOOK

Well, a late Happy Easter to you, Big Guy! Sounds like Aunt Gloria is a pistol! :)


96 posted on 04/09/2012 5:52:42 AM PDT by LUV W (Reserved for a hero........)
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To: beachn4fun

We have a amall chance for rain later today.

I’m glad we aren’t living out of boxes now and can find things again.


97 posted on 04/09/2012 5:54:47 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: beachn4fun

We have a amall chance for rain later today.

I’m glad we aren’t living out of boxes now and can find things again.


98 posted on 04/09/2012 5:54:47 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: beachn4fun

We have a amall chance for rain later today.

I’m glad we aren’t living out of boxes now and can find things again.


99 posted on 04/09/2012 5:54:47 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: beachn4fun

We have a amall chance for rain later today.

I’m glad we aren’t living out of boxes now and can find things again.


100 posted on 04/09/2012 5:55:28 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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