Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
January 04, 1911 at Bucyrus, OH
Service in the US Marine Corps from Ohio
26, 1945 at the age of 34
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
March 26, 1945 at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
sector of the bivouac area at Iwo Jima penetrated by a
concentrated enemy attack launched a few minutes before dawn,
First Lieutenant Martin instantly organized a firing line with
the marines nearest his foxhole and succeeded in checking
momentarily the headlong rush of the Japanese. Determined to
rescue several of his men trapped in positions overrun by the
enemy, he defied hostile fire to work his way through the enemy
to the surrounded marines. Although sustaining two severe
wounds, he blasted the Japanese who attempted to intercept him,
located his beleaguered men and directed them to their own
lines. When four of the infiltrating enemy took possession of an
abandoned machinegun pit, Lieutenant Martin, alone and armed
only with a pistol, boldly charged the hostile position and
killed all of its occupants. He then called to his men to follow
and charged into the midst of the strong enemy force, firing his
weapon and scattering them until he fell, mortally wounded by a
grenade. By his outstanding valor, indomitable fighting spirit
and tenacious determination in the face of overwhelming odds,
First Lieutenant Martin permanently disrupted a coordinated
Japanese attack and prevented a greater loss of life in his own
and adjacent platoons.