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Joseph Martinez

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Joseph (Jose) Raúl Martínez
BornSan Germán, Puerto Rico
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
RankUS Army WWII PFC.svg
Private First Class
Unit335th Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Cross

Private First Class Joseph (José) Raúl Martinez born in San Germán, Puerto Rico served in the U.S. Army 335th Infantry Regiment in World War II. PFC Joseph Martinez destroyed a German Infantry unit and tank in Tunis by providing heavy artillery fire, saving his platoon from being attacked in the process. He received the Distinguished Service Cross from General George S. Patton, thus becoming the first Puerto Rican recipient of said military decoration. PFC Joseph Martinez was the first Puerto Rican U.S. Army soldier to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

World War II[edit]

PFC Joseph Martinez served with the 335th Infantry Regiment from Camp Howze, Texas. PFC Martinez bravely destroyed a German Infantry unit and tank Tunis capital of Tunisia providing heavy artillery fire, saving his platoon from enemy attackers.

Distinguished Service Cross citation[edit]

Army distinguished service cross medal.png
JOSEPH R. MARTINEZ

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph R. Martinez, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in March 1943. Private First Class Martinez's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 25 (1943)[1]

Postscript PFC Martinez was the first Puerto Rican to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Among Private First Class Joseph Martinez awards and decorations are the following:

Distinguished Service Cross World War II Victory Medal American Campaign Medal

Badges:

  • Combat Infantry Badge.svg  Combat Infantryman Badge

See also[edit]


Others articles of the Topics Puerto Rico AND United States Army : Luis F. Castro

Others articles of the Topic Puerto Rico : List of primary statistical areas of the United States, UPR Law School Building, April Carrión, Primary statistical area, Luis F. Castro

Others articles of the Topic United States Army : Edwin Pepping, Norman Dike, Regular Army (United States), W. Ray Scott, George Johnson (supercentenarian), Robert Burr Smith, Amos J. Taylor
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  • List of Puerto Rican military personnel
  • Puerto Rican recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross

References[edit]

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