Martin received his notice of selection, dated 3/1/41, from the Local Board #9 Ashley PA. He entered the US Army at Reception Center at New Cumberland PA on 4/2/1941. His Army Serial # was 33023108 and he was assigned to Battery C 190th Field Artillery. As of June 1 1942 he was a Private First Class. At some point after being inducted Martin was sent to Camp Shelby, Mississippi for training.
The regiment (190th FA) was called to Federal service January 13, 1941 and was initially stationed at Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It was later moved to Camp Sutton, NC, and then overseas to Northern Ireland in 1941, and later on to England in 1942.
On 1 January 1945, the Battle of the Bulge, the Commanding Officer was General of the Army D.D. Eisenhower. The 190th Field Artillery Group took part in this battle.