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1:49 PM Tue, Nov. 13th

Don Martin: A Military Police man

William Donald (Don) Martin

William Donald (Don) Martin

William Donald (Don) Martin

Kingman, Arizona

July 1969 through March 1972

U.S. Army Military Police, and Military Police Investigations (MPI)

Sergeant E-5

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.