Local veteran receives overdue Service Medals


WOLF-TV (Frackville, Schuylkill County)--Forty-nine years after his 18-month tour of duty in Vietnam, Paul R. Martin finally has his Service Medals.

Staff from US Representative Matt Cartwright's office were on hand at Lewie's Restaurant in Frackville Monday to present eight medals to Martin, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Martin was never formally recognized for his service and sacrifice.

"I originally went a year, then I re-upped 6-months," said Martin.

"People from Rep. Cartwright's office say that last 6 months, that's when I got wounded two more times.

The people that didn't make it...that's what this is all about right here. All my brothers and sisters that didn't make it home. Thank you very much."

It was an emotional day for Martin's son Paul Jr., whose daughter Brittany followed in her family's military footsteps.

"I'm very proud," said Martin, Jr.

"He did a great job for our country in his service just like so many have done. My daughter is in the military now, she's at Fort Bragg, she went to Fort Jackson, she's in Jump School...just a lot of pride."

In addition to being presented with his medals, Mr. Martin was also recognized for his work with the "Hometown Heroes" banners, which line the streets in Frackville.

As chairman of the Hometown Heroes Banner Commitee, Martin was a huge part of getting the project off the ground and helping Frackville proudly display local veterans.

"We had a ceremony here on Memorial Day and there were a lot of tears, it just means an awful lot to these families," said committee member Tim Hale.

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