Russell Dean MartinLieutenant Colonel
4TH AIR COMMANDO SQDN, 14TH ACW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
22 June 1937 - 13 January 1979
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The database page for Russell Dean Martin
Russell Dean Martin, I would like your family to know that I have held onto your POW braclet for over 25 years in the hopes of finding your family someday ... now that I have found this site, I am very pleased and excited that my dream may finally come true. My email address will be included for their information ... You were only a name to me for many years, but now I have read your personal history and I know that I must find your family ...
God bless you and yours ...
A memorial initiated by
My father's plane flew at 3 to 5 minutes before crashing, not 5 to 10 seconds. The bailout call was heard by other planes in the area. The original witness statements claimed there was time for 1 or more of the crew to bail out.
From his daughter,
This Veterans' holiday 2005, I was able to make the trip I longed for as a child. It was to turn over my POW/MIA bracelet to one of LTC Russell Martin's daughters.
I've worn it since 1971 and always kept him and his family near and dear to my heart. It was a bittersweet experience for me. But I do know from my visit that LTC Russell Martin "will not be forgotten". His family lives with his memory every day. I just pray that we will continue to do the same for all of our servicemen and women "until they all come home".
God Bless you and your family, Julie, and the sacrifices you have endured.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release No. 1098-04
IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2004
MIAs Identified from The Vietnam War
Six servicemen missing in action from the Vietnam War have been identified and are being buried as a group at Arlington National Cemetery Friday with full military honors.
They are Air Force Col. Theodore E. Kryszak of Buffalo, NY; Air Force Col. Harding E. Smith of Los Gatos, Calif.; Air Force Lt. Col. Russell D. Martin of Bloomfield, Iowa; Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Harold E. Mullins; Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luther L. Rose of Howe, Texas, and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ervin Warren, of Philadelphia.
On June 3, 1966, the crew was aboard an AC-47 "Spooky" gunship flying a nighttime armed reconnaissance mission over southern Laos. At about 9:25 p.m., the aircraft radioed, "we have a hot fire," and another radio transmission was heard to order "bail out." Witnesses reported the aircraft was on fire, then crashed into a heavily wooded area 30 miles northeast of Tchepone, in Khannouan Province, Laos. No parachutes from the crew were observed and no emergency beepers were heard. An aerial search of the site found no evidence of survivors.
In cooperation with the Lao government, a joint team of U.S. and Lao specialists traveled to a suspected crash site in Khammouan Province in October 1994 where a villager took them to an area where personal effects, aircraft wreckage, crew-related materials and a crew member's identification tag were found. In May-June 1995, a joint U.S.-Lao team excavated the site where they recovered human remains as well as identification media of other aircrew members. The U.S. recovery team members were from the Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii (CILHI). CILHI scientists applied a wide array of forensic techniques to the recovered remains, including comparisons of dental charts and x-rays, as well as the use of mitochondrial DNA sequencing.
The remains of the six crewmen had been repatriated on 20 June 1995. Interment was in Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery, on Friday, 05 Nov 2004.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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