The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MARTIN, HARRY LINN
Rank and Organization:: First Lieutenant, U.S.
Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 4 January 1911, Bucyrus, Ohio. Appointed from. Ohio.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty as platoon leader attached to Company C, 5th Pioneer Battalion, 5th Marine
Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 26 March
1945. With his sector of the 5th Pioneer Battalion bivouac area penetrated by a
concentrated enemy attack launched a few minutes before dawn, 1st Lt. Martin instantly
organized a firing line with the marines nearest his foxhole and succeeded in checking
momentarily the headlong rush of the Japanese. Determined to rescue several of his men
trapped in positions overrun by the enemy, he defied intense hostile fire to work his way
through the Japanese to the surrounded marines. Although sustaining 2 severe wounds, he
blasted the Japanese who attempted to intercept him, located his beleaguered men and
directed them to their own lines. When 4 of the infiltrating enemy took possession of an
abandoned machinegun pit and subjected his sector to a barrage of hand grenades, 1st Lt.
Martin, alone and armed only with a pistol, boldly charged the hostile position and killed
all of its occupants. Realizing that his few remaining comrades could not repulse another
organized attack, he called to his men to follow and then charged into the midst of the
strong enemy force, firing his weapon and scattering them until he fell, mortally wounded
by a grenade. By his outstanding valor, indomitable fighting spirit and tenacious
determination in the face of overwhelming odds, 1st Lt. Martin permanently disrupted a
coordinated Japanese attack and prevented a greater loss of life in his own and adjacent
platoons. His inspiring leadership and unswerving devotion to duty reflect the highest
credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service
of his country.