MARTINEZ, MANUEL GODINE
MARTINEZ, MANUEL GODINE
Rank / Branch:
SP4 E-4 U.S. ARMY
101ST AIRBORNE DIVIS
Date of Birth:
NON-HOSTILE AIR CRAS
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MANUEL GODINE MARTINEZ, SPECIALIST FOUR, U.S. ARMY, COLORADO CITY, MITCHELL COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation's Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Manual was born in Fisher County, Texas. He moved to Colorado City when he was 12 years old and attended Colorado City Schools. He was married. He was drafted into the Army in November 1968.
Manuel Martinez-AIT Picture 1969
He completed basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas and AIT in infantry at Fort Ord, California. He departed for Vietnam on April 11, 1969. He was assigned to A Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment (Currahee), 101st Airborne Division.
Colorado City Cemetery, Colorado City, Texas
On October 23, 1969, A Company was being inserted into a landing zone on a combat assault. The insertion was by UH-1H Huey Helicopters provided by B Company, 158th Aviation Aviation Bn of the 101st Airborne. The lead helicopter, of six, tail number 68-16274 had inserted a total of two previous groups of troops on the ground and departed and had returned. On the third insertion into the same LZ, the helicopter landed and the troops exited to a distance of about 30 feet from the aircraft. The LZ was small and had several large tree stumps, some of which were three feet high. The aircraft commander brought the helicopter up to a stabilized hoover and made a take off check. The gunner and crew chief gave the "Clear Left" and "Clear Right". According to the gunner, a stump was located approximately at a 60 degree angle to the helicopter. The aircraft was required to make a maximum performance take off to avoid the obstacles directly to his front. When the aircraft lifted up to a hover, it apparently drifted to the right and with the skid sliding under the stump without actually touching it. There was no indication on the controls that would indicate that the aircraft was caught or leaning against an object. Upon applying power, the right skid immediately contacted the stump and the aircraft rolled to the right side. The crew got out of the aircraft with only injuries to the gunner. The aircraft settled to the west side of the LZ in the area of several ground troops. The main blades killed six and injured four troops that were on the edge of the LZ. Among the dead was Specialist Martinez.
Specialist Martinez was buried with full military honors in Colorado City, Texas.