Pedro Martinez

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
17 October 1946 - 21 July 1966
Mercedes, Texas
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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17 Mar 2006

Pfc Pedro Martinez was from a small town called Relampago located on Military Highway 281 close to Mercedes, Texas. It is located deep in the Rio Grande Valley right next to the Rio Grande River. Good people. A memorial was held honoring his services and the town of Relampago now has a street named in his honor - Pfc Pedro Martinez Road. At the time that Pfc Martinez was in Vietnam, I was with Lima 3/1. There were four of us from the Rio Grande Valley in my company alone. I wish I could have met Pfc Martinez over there since we were in the same area but different units. Pfc Martinez was only 19 when he met his fate. He served honorably and died gallantly on the field of battle. I am proud to have shared the field of battle with him. May he Rest In Peace. Semper Fi, Pedro.

From a brother-in-arms from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas,
Arturo Treto Garza

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During Operation HASTINGS a platoon from Fox 2/1 Marines made a night movement 20/21 Jul 1966 to join with an element of Hotel 2/1 to establish a blocking position. During the march, Fox 2/1 had a meeting engagement with an NVA force; after joining with Hotel 2/1 the combined force was attacked by the NVA. Although the Marines held their position, seven men died in the two engagements:
  • 1stLt Edward F. Hap, East Chicago, IN, Fox 2/1
  • HM2 James F. Askin, Port Charlotte, FL, Fox 2/1
  • Sgt Stephen K. Dibb, Milwaukee, WI, Fox 2/1
  • Cpl Richard F. McNichols, Philadelphia, PA, Hotel 2/1
  • LCpl Rolf W. Jorgensen, Seattle, WA, Fox 2/1
  • Pfc Pedro Martinez, Mercedes, TX, Hotel 2/1
  • Pfc Ernest D. Mitchell, Garden Grove, CA, M Btry, 4th Bn, 12th Marines (FO w/ Fox 2/1)

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 17 Mar 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009