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Leo Ernest Martin Sr.
Name: Leo Ernest Martin Sr Rank: Private Service Number: 31245463 Service: Company L, 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Division, US Army Awards: Purple Heart Date of Birth: May 12, 1921 Place of Birth: Halifax, NS Date of Enlistment: November 27, 1942 Place of Enlistment: Providence, Rhode Island Address at Enlistment: Providence, Rhode Island Age at Enlistment: 21 Height: 5 feet, 11 inches Complexion: Light Hair Color: Brown Eyes Color: Hazel Occupation: Machine shop and related work Marital Status: Married Date of Death: November 4, 1943 Age: 22 Cemetery: Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston, Providence Co., Rhode Island Leo Ernest Martin Sr was the son of Thomas Leo Martin (1901-1962) and Catherine Maud (Conway) Martin (1902-1978). His family moved to the United States in 1928, travelling initially from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Boston, Mass. Leo had two sisters, Gwendolyn Marguerite Martin Hames (1926–2007), and Barbara Ann Martin Ciesynski (1941–1997), and two brothers, Raymond J. Martin (1937–2016), and Robert William Martin (1945–1967). Leo registered for the US Draft Feb 16, 1942. At the time he was working for J Redinger, Thurston Manufacturing Company in Providence, Rhode Island. He was still living at home with his parents at 698 Public St. in Providence. He married Myrtle Agnes MacDonald on May 16, 1942 and they had a son, Leo Jr. Leo Sr. enlisted in the US Army on November 27, 1942 and petitioned for naturalization on March 6, 1943. After enlistment, he was assigned to Company L of the 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Division of the US Army. Private Leo Ernest Martin Sr was Killed in Action in Italy on November 4, 1943. He was interred Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston, Providence Co., Rhode Island on February 23, 1949. After Leo's death Myrtle married navy veteran, Howard Conover in 1946. Myrtle passed away in 1966. His brother Specialist 4th Class Robert William Martin was born in 1945, two years after Leo was killed during the war. Robert William Martin went on to serve with the US Army in Vietnam. He served with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 168th Engineer Battalion, 79th Engineer Group, of the 20th Engineer Brigade and was killed in action in Binh Duong province on February 1, 1967. His name appears on National Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC, on Panel 14E, Line 104 on the Wall.
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