Staff Sgt Jack Mayfield Martin III
Born: April 5, 1983 in Maquoketa, Iowa
Died: September 29, 2009 in Jolo Island, Philippines
Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III of Bethany, Oklahoma grew up the youngest of five children and graduated high school in Bethany. He joined the Army Reserves and volunteered to go to Iraq but when that fell through, he met with an Army recruiter looking for Special Forces volunteers and became a Green Beret. Jack had already served in Iraq and was currently serving his first deployment to the Philippines. His awards and decorations include Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon, the Special Forces tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal. SSgt Martin died at age 26 in Jolo Island, Philippines, from the detonation of an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Sgt. 1st Class Christopher D. Shaw. He leaves his wife, Ashley, his parents, Jack and Cheryl Martin, a brother, Abe, and three sisters Mandi, Amber and Abi.
1st Special Forces Group
Fort Lewis, Washington
Burial information is unknown at this time.