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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel 2
Birth:
17 Jun 1931 2
Death:
20 Nov 1967 2
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Full Name:
John Murray Martin 2
Birth:
17 Jun 1931 2
Male 2
Death:
20 Nov 1967 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Sea 2
Age at Death: 36 2
Body Recovered: Not recovered 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Residence:
Hometown: Glenshaw, PA 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Married 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel 2
Air Wing:
366th TFW 2
Enlistment Type:
Reserve 2
Grade:
O5 2
Major Command:
7th AF 2
Service:
Air Force 2
Specialty:
Pilot, Tactical Fighter F-110 (USAF) 2
Squadron:
480th TFS 2
Tour Start Date:
20 Nov 1967 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 45 2
Panel: 30E 2

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" I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death. " -- quote from Robert Fulghum My Sympathies. Our Thanks. by Nancy Smith LVN Adventist Health, Ukiah, CA. ( friend of April Dayns RN ) April and I place flowers here today for you and your surviving family.

The aircraft Capt Martin and Lt Badley were flying, F-4C tail number 63-7680, was not on its first trip up North. Colonel Robin Olds and 1st Lt Charles C. Clifton were flying 63-7680 when they shot down a MiG-21 on 2 January 1967, and Lt Col Fred A. Haeffner and 1st Lt Michael R. Bever of the 433rd TFS were in 63-7680 when they bagged a MiG-17 on 13 May 1967.
 
Lt Col Martin's Silver Star Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John Murray Martin (198246115), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Martin distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 20 November 1967 while serving with the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.

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http://www.virtualwall.org/dm/MartinJM01b.htm
http://members.tripod.com/pennspow_mias/bios/Martin.htm
http://www.homeofheroes.com/members/04_SS/5_RVN/citations/airforce/a.html
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1963.html

I served with Captain Martin and 1st Lt. Badley in the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron.  I was a Sgt, Orderly Room Clerk, on 20 Nov 1967.

Bob Storey

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