Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
July 27, 1920 at Taos, NM
Service in the US Army from Ault, CO
26, 1943 at the age of 22
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
May 26, 1943 at Attu Island,
Aleutian Islands, AK
days, repeated efforts to drive the enemy from a key defensive
position high in the snow-covered mountains between East Arm
Holtz Bay and Chichagof Harbor in Alaska had failed. A trial
coordinated attack on this position by a reinforced battalion
was launched and, though initially successful, the attack
hesitated. In the face of severe hostile machinegun, rifle, and
mortar fire, Private Martinez rose to his feet and resumed his
advance. Occasionally he stopped to urge his comrades on. After
a difficult climb he eliminated resistance from part of the
enemy position by BAR fire and hand grenades. This success
partially completed the action. The main Holtz-Chichagof Pass
rose about 150 feet higher, flanked by steep rocky ridges with
passage barred by enemy fire from either flank and from tiers of
snow trenches in front. Despite these obstacles Private Martinez
again led the troops on and up, personally silencing several
trenches with BAR fire and ultimately reaching the pass itself.
Just below the knifelike rim Private Martinez encountered a
final enemy-occupied trench and as he was engaged in firing into
it he was mortally wounded. The pass, however, was taken, and
its capture was an important preliminary to the end of organized
hostile resistance on the island.