Martin, Harreld Pirtle, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1441A-Forward Air Controller
Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 505th Tactical Control Group
Service Years
1962 - 1968

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Danang AB

Casualty Date
Aug 23, 1968
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Beaver Dam Cemetery - Caneyville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
47W 048

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Association of Graduates USAFAVietnam Veterans MemorialKentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1962, Association of Graduates USAFA
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
3575th Pilot Training Wing380th Bombardment Wing, Medium305th Bombardment Wing, Medium305th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy
20th Tactical Air Support Squadron505th Tactical Control Group
  1962-1963, 0006, 3575th Pilot Training Wing
  1963-1965, 380th Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1965-1967, 305th Bombardment Wing, Medium
  1965-1967, 305th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy
  1968-1968, 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1968-1968, 505th Tactical Control Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force Academy
  1958-1962, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-47 Stratojet  KC-135 Stratotanker  O-2 Skymaster  
  1964-1964, B-47 Stratojet
  1965-1967, KC-135 Stratotanker
  1968-1968, O-2 Skymaster
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Martin was a Lopez Forward Air Controller assigned to Danang as an O-2A FAC.

He was killed on the ground in Quang Nam Province South Vietnam when there was a hostile rocket attack on the base and he was struck while in the alert section of a command post bunker.

He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal, and the Purple Heart. He was awarded the Silver Star as an FAC in Southeast Asia on 4 May 1968 on a mission to rescue a friendly force ground team who was surrounded by a larger hostile force. Through his outstanding direction of close air support, and despite heavy ground fire and poor weather conditions, he caused the hostile force to withdraw and successfully extracted friendly forces.

Captain Martin was interred at Beaver Dam, Kentucky and his name is on the memorial wall at the Academy.Captain Martin's name is on the memorial wall at the Academy.
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