Eugene Oscar Martinez

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
25 June 1950 - 23 October 1969
Jacksboro, Texas
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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05 Jul 2007

LCpl Eugene O. Martinez, Jacksboro, Texas, assigned to Kilo 3/4.

I believe that this Eugene was my best friend while in Vietnam. We were in India Company 3/4 and when his tour of duty ended, the chopper flew him to I believe Da Nang for the trip home. I was told that rockets hit Da Nang and a piece of shrapnel hit him, they told me that he never knew what hit him he died instantly. I have no idea how I ended up here in this site, but I am glad I did. Eugene's dad was stationed in Japan when he left to go home. This is as close I have been to Martinez - thank you.

From a friend,
Alexander Mendoza
3/4 Marines USMC

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines was withdrawn from Vietnam in October 1969. At the beginning of the month, the battalion was conducting combat operations around the Vandergrift Combat Base in western Quang Tri Province, but beginning on 08 Oct elements were relocated in sequence to the Dong Ha Combat Base and from there to Danang for embarkation in Navy shipping enroute Okinawa. On 23 Oct a command element and Kilo Company were at Dong Ha, India 3/4 was positioned 4 kilometers southhwest of the base, Lima 3/4 was working near the mouth of the Cua Viet River, and Mike 3/4 was conducting operations with the Army's 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division. The 3/4 Marines' Command Chronology contains the following entry for 23 Oct 1969:

The two men killed in the rocket hit on Kilo 3/4's company office were 1stSgt Henry E. Barber of San Marcos, Texas, and LCpl Eugene O. Martinez of Jacksboro, Texas.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Jul 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009