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Sgt Ray Thomas Martin
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Birth: Jul. 23, 1933
Forsyth County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 22, 1970
Trung Tin, Vietnam

SFC Ray Thomas Martin, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Winston-Salem, NC.

Sergeant First Class Ray Thomas Martin was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SFC Martin served our country until April 22nd, 1970 in Quang Tin, South Vietnam. He was 36 years old and was married. It was reported that Ray died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. SFC Martin is on panel 11W, line 037 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 18 years.

SFC Ray Thomas Martin served two tours in the Republic of Viet Nam. His first tour, 1967-68, was with the 4th Infantry Division in Kontum and Pleiku Provinces. He returned in 1969 to serve with MACV,and was assigned to Advisory Team 23 with the 42nd ARVN Infantry Regiment, headquartered at Tan Canh. During this tour he served with the 1st and 3rd Battalions. Although wounded in January 1970, he stayed as an Advisor to the 3rd Bn in action north of Dak Seang, Kontum Province.

SFC Martin was a good man and a professional soldier. We all liked and admired him very much. I was with the sister unit 4/42nd ARVN Inf Regt that day. We were fighting to get up the hill to help them, but it was too late. Rest in Peace my friend and teammate. Ben Youmans,

SFC Martin was the senior NCO in our battalion advisory team, operating with the 1st Battalion 42 Infantry, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. He died during the Battle of Dak Seang, while evacuating our wounded under enemy machine gun fire. He was a leader and a brave man. Frank DeLong, 1LT, INF, MAC-V Team 23.

His wife is Ingeborg, his children are; Thomas, Michael, Patrick, and Betty and his comrades-in-arms, represented by Gene Putnal, Kontum Province Advisory Teams,


Funeral services for SFC Ray Thomas Martin, 36, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Hixson Funeral Home. The Rev. Dick Gandy, pastor of Westwood Baptist Church, and the Rev. Don Roberts, pastor of Twelfth Street Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at graveside by a unit from Ft Polk. The body was due to arrive at 2:04 p.m. today (May 5) and was to be taken to the funeral home. SFC Martin was killed in action in Vietnam on April 22 while serving as an advisor. He was first reported missing, but last week the official report that the body had been found was relayed to his family.

The career soldier had been in the Army 18 years. He was on his second tour of duty in Vietnam, and was to have come home in nine weeks. He had received the Purple Heart, The Combat Infantryman's Badge, and two Vietnamese decorations. Sp4 Danny Palmer, a nephew, who had been serving near his uncle's unit, was to accompany the body home. SFC Martin was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., and was at Ft. Polk before going to Vietnam. He had made his home in Lake Charles the past six years.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs Ingeborg Martin; three sons, Thomas Ray Martin, Michael Eugene Martin and Patrick Wayne Martin, all of Lake Charles; one daughter, Betty Lou Martin; his mother, Mrs. Wilma Martin of Wallburg, N.C. Also, five brothers, James. Martin of Winston-Salem, N.C., Junior Lee Martin of Lexington, N.C., John Edward Martin of Decatur, Ga., Sp5 Horace Edward Martin of Altoona, Pa., and Pfc. Ronald Eugene Martin, stationed in Korea; four sisters, Mrs. Hubert Palmer and Mrs. William Little of Lexington, N.C., Mrs. William Tate and Mrs. Mark Smith of Wallburg, N.C.; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Goins of McAndrews, Ky.

He served with Headquarters, Advisory Team-23, MACV Advisory Group, MACV.

He was awarded The Silver Star Medal, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Army Achievement Medal and The Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Family links: 
  James Alex Martin (1909 - 1957)
  Nannie Wilma Goins Martin (1914 - 1975)
  Ray Thomas Martin (1933 - 1970)
  Junior Lee Martin (1937 - 1993)*
*Calculated relationship
Consolata Cemetery
Lake Charles
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA
Plot: Martin Plot
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 26, 2007
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RAY THOMAS MARTIN is honored on Panel 11W, Row 37 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.
- Billy M. Brown
 Added: Jul. 3, 2012

- Charles T. Baggett
 Added: Jul. 3, 2012

- Irene LaCombe
 Added: Oct. 27, 2009
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