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Gary Wayne Martini



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
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, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Rosewood Cemetery

Born:  September 21, 1948 at Lexington, VA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Portland, OR

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism April 21, 1967 at Binh Son, Vietnam

Died:  April 21, 1967 at the age of 18

Private First Class Martini's platoon assaulted across an open rice paddy to within 20 meters of the enemy trench where they were suddenly hit by hand grenades, small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire. The enemy onslaught killed 14 and wounded 18 Marines, pinning the remainder of the platoon down. PFC Martini crawled over a dike to a forward area within 15 meters of the enemy position where, exposed to hostile fire, he hurled hand grenades killing several of the enemy. Crawling back he rejoined his platoon which had moved to the relative safety of a trench line. He saw 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, he raced through the open area and dragged a comrade back to safety. Though wounded during this rescue, he again braved enemy fire to aid another companion lying only 20 meters in front of the enemy trench line. As he reached the fallen Marine, he received a mortal wound, but disregarding his own condition began to drag the Marine toward his platoon's position. Through a final supreme effort he moved his injured comrade to where he could be pulled to safety, before he fell, succumbing to his wounds.



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