William Donald (Don) Martin
July 1969 through March 1972
U.S. Army Military Police, and Military Police Investigations (MPI)
Expert M-16 rifle and .45 pistol
National Defense Service Medal
Good Conduct Medal
I am a native Arizonan and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1969 even though I was attending college and had a deferment. Our family has a long history of military service, and I felt it was my duty and obligation to carry on that tradition.
After eight weeks of basic training in Ft. Lewis, Washington, I was sent to Ft. Gordon, Georgia for eight more weeks of military police training. I was then sent to the Advanced Leadership Detachment for more specialized training.
Even though I volunteered to go to Vietnam, I was sent to Europe and ultimately assigned to the 34th MP Detachment, 793 MP Company, with service in Schweinfurt, Wurzburg, and ultimately, Wertheim, Germany.
I rose in rank quickly and was the youngest sergeant E-5 in our company, attaining that rank at 20 years old.
Initially I worked as a military policeman, but toward the last part of my service I was assigned to Military Police Investigations.