Martin was born on 7 Jan 22 in Joplin, Missouri. Moved to
Los Angeles when 10 weeks old. Left Belmont High School
and joined USMC on 15 May 39.
First duty with D Battery, 2d Bn,10th Mar at MCRD, San
Diego, CA Transferred to E Co, 2d Bn, 4th Marine Regiment,
arriving in Shanghai, China via the "Hendy Maru" on 4 May
40. Left Shanghai 27 Nov 41, arriving Subic Bay on 30 Nov
41. 2d Bn departed Olongapo on 24 Dec to Marivelis and on
to Corregidor on 27 Dec to take over Beach defense of the
Was surrendered on 6 May 42. During next 3 1/2 year
itinerary included 92d Garage, Bilibib, Cabanatuan Camp 3,
Nichols Field. Detail with the "White Angel",the "Wolf"
and his "Merry Band Of Sadistic Bastards", back through
Bilibid to Cabanatuan Camp 1 for a short stay before
taking a cruise to Japan on the Taikoku Maru. Arrived at
Osaka 10 Apr 44 on to Hitachi to work in a Copper mine
until the end of the war.
Reenlisted and spent 20+ years in Marine Corps. Retired
from Camp Pendleton in 1959. Finished college and taught
biology for 6 years in Fairfax County, Virginia. Spent
next 6 1/2 years in Vietnam with the Agency for
Returned USA and taught tennis until 1977 when I went to
Esfahan, Iran as a Management Analyst with Bell Helicopter
International. Was leaving as Ayatollah Khomeni landed to
take control Worked in Human Resources Management until
retiring in 1993.