The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Army, Company A, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date:
Near Satae-ri Korea, 6 September 1952. Entered service at: Fort Hancock, Tex. Born:
21 March 1931, Fort Hancock, Tex. G.O. No.: 96, 29 December 1953.
Cpl. Martinez, a machine gunner with
Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above
and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While manning a listening post
forward of the main line of resistance, his position was attacked by a hostile force of
reinforced company strength. In the bitter fighting which ensued, the enemy infiltrated
the defense perimeter and, realizing that encirclement was imminent, Cpl. Martinez elected
to remain at his post in an attempt to stem the onslaught. In a daring defense, he raked
the attacking troops with crippling fire, inflicting numerous casualties. Although
contacted by sound power phone several times, he insisted that no attempt be made to
rescue him because of the danger involved. Soon thereafter, the hostile forces rushed the
emplacement, forcing him to make a limited withdrawal with only an automatic rifle and
pistol to defend himself. After a courageous 6-hour stand and shortly before dawn, he
called in for the last time, stating that the enemy was converging on his position His
magnificent stand enabled friendly elements to reorganize, attack, and regain the key
terrain. Cpl. Martinez' incredible valor and supreme sacrifice reflect lasting glory upon
himself and are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service.