Monday, 11 November 2013 17:02

Staff Sergeant Vicente Martinez

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"Vicente proudly served his country in WWII as a United States Army Air Corps staff sergeant and ball turret gunner aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress. He flew in 20 bombing missions before being shot down over Hungary and captured by enemy forces. Vicente was held as Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft IV. During Vicente's last three months as a POW, he and thousands of other American prisoners were forced to leave camp and set out on what would become known as the Black March, a 500 mile journey westward across northern Poland and Germany, as their German captors retreated from the advancing Soviet army. This was a time of extreme hardship and hundreds of men died on this march due to disease, exposure, malnutrition and mistreatment." Son David Martinez

Voces de Santa Fe honors the memory of Vicente Martinez. Rest in peace. 

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Maria Montez-Skolnik

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Both sides of my family trace their roots in the Santa Fé area to the 1600s.  In the earlier years they were primarily farmers, builders, craftsmen, artists (wood carvers and weavers), and educators.  I graduated from SFHS & NMSU and received my BA & MA in Speech & Language Pathology. I divide my time between Santa Fé and the San Francisco Bay Area.  

 

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  • Comment Link Rebekah Crown Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:06 posted by Rebekah Crown

    What an amazing story. David I would love to sit down with you and hear more of this story.

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