Martin, Sammy Arthur, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Wild Boars
Service Years
1965 - 1967
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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This Remembrance Profile was originally created by Sgt Stephen Willcox - Deceased
Casualty Info
Home Town
Bryan, TX
Last Address
Da Nang AB

Casualty Date
Dec 27, 1967
MIA-Finding of Death
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
32E 078
Military Service Number
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Training Command3500th Pilot Training Wing (Staff)366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters390th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Wild Boars
  1965-1966, Air Training Command
  1965-1966, 3500th Pilot Training Wing (Staff)
  1966-1967, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1966-1967, 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Wild Boars
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1966-1967, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"1Lt. Sammy A. Martin was a pilot trained for the 'backseat' duties on the Phantom fighter/bomber aircraft. His job included such things as navigation, bombardier, or weapons systems operations, depending on the type of aircraft and variety of mission. Martin was assigned to the 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Da Nang, South Vietnam.

On December 27, 1967 Martin and his pilot were assigned an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. Armed reconnaissance, in combat terms, really meant 'look for targets and destroy them.' During the mission Martin's aircraft was struck by hostile fire in the Quang Binh Province area. Martin and his pilot were able to guide the aircraft over water to facilitate rescue when they ejected.

Both Martin and his pilot ejected safely and rescue operations proceeded normally. The pilot was recovered, but when Martin was hoisted out of the water by rescue helicopter, he slipped out of the rescue sling and dropped back into the water. Martin was lost from sight in a large wave. According to the Department of the Air Force, 'evidence of (Martin's) death due to drowning was received' on December 28, 1967. The nature of the evidence is not stated, but Martin's body was not recovered.

Sammy A Martin is listed among the missing because his remains were never found to send home to the country he served. But, for his family, the case seems clear that he died on that day...." Source:

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Major Command: 7th Air Force
Air Wing: 366th TFW
Squadron: 390th TFS
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