U.S. Army, Company A, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.
and date: Near
Satae-ri Korea, 6 September 1952.
service at: Fort
March 1931, Fort Hancock, Tex.
29 December 1953.
Cpl. Martinez, a machine gunner with Company A, distinguished himself
by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond
the call of duty in action against the enemy. While manning a listening
post forward of the main line of resistance, his position was attacked
by a hostile force of reinforced company strength.
In the bitter fighting which
ensued, the enemy infiltrated the defense perimeter and, realizing
that encirclement was imminent, Cpl. Martinez elected to remain
at his post in an attempt to stem the onslaught. In a daring defense,
he raked the attacking troops with crippling fire, inflicting numerous
casualties. Although contacted by sound power phone several times,
he insisted that no attempt be made to rescue him because of the
danger involved. Soon thereafter, the hostile forces rushed the
emplacement, forcing him to make a limited withdrawal with only
an automatic rifle and pistol to defend himself. After a courageous
6-hour stand and shortly before dawn, he called in for the last
time, stating that the enemy was converging on his position His
magnificent stand enabled friendly elements to reorganize, attack,
and regain the key terrain. Cpl. Martinez' incredible valor and
supreme sacrifice reflect lasting glory upon himself and are in
keeping with the honored traditions of the military service.