Kenneth Earl Martin – Colonel, United States Marine Corps

From a contemporary press report:

Kenneth Earl Martin, a retired Marine Corps Colonel, died on Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at his home in Croasdale Village, North Carolina.

Colonel Martin was graduated from the University of Wyoming, received an MBA from George Washington University, and graduated from the Industrial College of The Armed Forces. He was commissioned in the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant after graduation, retiring as a Colonel with twenty six years of service.

He was stationed in Quantico, Virginia; Paris Island, South Carolina; Camp Lejune, North Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C., Guam, and Fort McNair.

He served with distinction and was highly decorated, including Legion of Merit with V, Bronze Star Medal with V, Navy Unit Commendation, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Star, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Star and the Korean Service Medal.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, he was a manager, Provisioning Engineer at General Electric, serving in the Space Technology Center at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Later he was manager in the Gas Turbine Division. He organized a SCORE Chapter in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was a member of Chapel Hill Country Club, ushered at the Chapel of the Cross, active member of Kiwanis, and past President of the Kaighn Conversation Group.

A graveside service will be held September 4, 2001, at Arlington National Cemetery with full Military Honors.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Virginia Weaver Martin of Croasdale Village, one son, Kenneth Earl Martin Jr. and wife Dagnia Martin of Charlotte, North Carolina, and one daughter Elizabeth Ann Allen and husband, James C. Allen of Normal, Illinois. Also surviving are a grandson, three granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter.

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