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Sgt Jerry Dean Martin
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Birth: Oct. 18, 1948
Death: Nov. 4, 1971, Vietnam

Son of John and Edna (Turpen) Martin. He was a graduate of Heltonville High School. He was one of a crew of 11 Americans lost when a small cargo vessel carrying ammunition sank November 3, 1970 near shore in the South China Sea - about five miles south of the demilitarized zone and some 100 miles northeast of Da Nang, South Vietnam.

The adjutant general's board of review report indicated that the LCU-63 may have capsized in a storm.

The limestone monument was carved by his grandfather, Emery Martin, Bedford, a retired stone carver. Bronze plaques on the monument carry Jerry's name and 10 fellow crew members.


Additional comments as sent by
Ken Davis
Commander, US Navy (Ret)
Member, The Coffelt Group

The location as given "about five miles south of the demilitarized zone and some 100 miles northeast of Da Nang, South Vietnam" isn't quite correct. Although no-one knows exactly where LCU-1563 capsized, the overturned hulk was located at grid reference YD875305 ... that works out to just offshore approximately 14 kilometers (8.6 miles) northeast of Hue, well south of the Demilitarized Zone. It's not an important difference, but I thought you'd wish to be accurate.

Although the records we've obtained and posted for Sergeant Martin do NOT include the grid reference, we have more complete records for some of the other men lost in the accident - and those records DO give the grid reference. You can look up Sgt. Martin via a name search from http://www.coffeltdatabase.org/srchbyname.php and see what we have for him, and from his "detail page" you can easily get to the records for the other ten men.
 
 
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 Parents:
  John D Martin (1926 - 2005)
  Edna L. Turpen Martin (1928 - 2009)
 
Burial:
Mundell Church Cemetery
Heltonville
Lawrence County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Jim Bohn
Record added: Oct 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42731041
Sgt Jerry Dean Martin
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Sgt Jerry Dean Martin
Added by: Jim Bohn
 
Sgt Jerry Dean Martin
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Tinza Martin was my Great Grandmother, I think Jerry may be a distant cousin to me. Thank you for your sacrifice, Jerry. I wish I'd have known you. Rest in peace.
- Joyce M. Jeffries
 Added: Jan. 11, 2013

- Eddieb
 Added: Oct. 28, 2012
SGT. JERRY DEAN MARTIN, Is honored on Panel 2W, Row 61 on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
- Sgt. Mike, USMC 1/9 Viet Nam
 Added: Jul. 29, 2012
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