Wyatt J Martin
December 12, 2014
Killed in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
|Spc. Wyatt J. Martin
Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014
Governor Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset Wednesday, December 24, 2014, in honor of United States Army Specialist Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, Arizona. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday in Mesa, followed by interment at the Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park in Mesa. Mayor Rothschild is in agreement with the request and is ordering flags to be lowered at city buildings.
Specialist Martin died Friday, December 12, 2014, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Specialist Martin was assigned to A Company, 3rd Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.
|From Arizona ABC 15 abc15.com 12/14/14:
Arizona soldier Spc. Wyatt J. Martin killed in Afghanistan, Department of Defense says
Jon Erickson, Ashley Loose
1:25 PM, Dec 14, 2014
MESA, AZ - A member of the armed forces from Arizona was killed Friday in Afghanistan, according to The Department of Defense.
Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, a 22-year-old Mesa resident, was one of two men killed when an enemy attacked their vehicle with an explosive on Dec. 12, 2014.
He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in the Parwan Province.
Martin and fellow soldier Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris from New York were assigned to the 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division of Fort Hood, Texas.
It was "just like you see on the movies," Martin's mother, Julie, said of learning of her son's death. "The two guys show up at the door... I just said [to them], 'Don't start talking, don't say a word.'"
"He told his sister this summer... 'If something happens to me, know [that] I went happy,'" Wyatt's father, Brian, said.
Wyatt’s parents said he joined the Army because he wanted to give back. After his time in the Army, Wyatt planned to go to Michigan State University and then become a fish and game officer, his parents said.
Julie shared a picture of Wyatt fishing in the family pool when he was a young boy.
She said her son loved the outdoors.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday in honor of Martin.
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|2 soldiers killed in IED blast were combat engineers
Sgt. 1st Class Ramon Sheldon Morris was on his fifth deployment when he was killed Friday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department reported Monday.
Morris, 37, and Spc. Wyatt Joseph Martin, 22, were killed Friday in Parwan province when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle.
The two combat engineers were assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Morris, whose home of record is listed as New York, New York, joined the active-duty Army in February 1996.
He was assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, in March 2012.
His deployments include serving in Korea from February 2002 to February 2003; supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2003 to April 2004, March 2005 to March 2006 and November 2007 to February 2009; and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom from June to December this year.
Morris' awards include a Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medals, Afghan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicle.
Martin, from Mesa, Arizona,entered active duty in August 2012 as a combat engineer. He was assigned to 1st Cavalry Division in June and deployed that month.
|From The Republic azcentral.com 12/14/14:
Ryan Van Velzer and Paulina Pineda, The Republic
A Mesa resident was one of two soldiers killed during a military operation in Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 12, according to the Department of Defense.
Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, died when the vehicle he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device, according to the DOD news release.
Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, of New York, also died during the attack, which occurred in the Parwan province.
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Both soldiers belonged to the 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Martin is remembered by family and friends as having a "bigger than life" personality and as an inspiration to all who knew him.
Julie Martin, Wyatt's mother, told 12 News her son loved his job and saw it as an opportunity to give back to the community.
He enjoyed the military's structure and taking a leadership role, she said.
"It's what he wanted to do" Martin said. "He always felt good about what he did and I felt good about who he was and how he represented us, his country and the military."
Wyatt, the youngest of three, loved fishing and hunting, and wanted to work in the Game and Fish Department, his father, Brian Martin, told 12 News.
Friends nicknamed him Paul Bunyan in high school because of his adventurous attitude and love of the outdoors, his mother said.
The Martins, who last saw their son in June during a family vacation to Michigan, said they'll most miss his hugs and his excitement.
Jordan Williams, Wyatt's childhood friend, described him as "easily the greatest man I've ever met."
"He always found a way to brighten people's days no matter what," he said. "It was what drew people to him."
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Monday, Dec. 15 in honor of Martin. Flags will also be lowered the day of Martin's funeral service, according to a statement from the governor's office. A date has not been announced.
"Please join me in offering a prayer for Specialist Martin, for his loved ones, and for all the men and women who have risked and given their lives to preserve and protect freedom throughout the world," Brewer said in the statement.
As of Dec. 11, 2,214 U.S. military members have died in Afghanistan as a result of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the Defense Department.
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