Private Joe P. Martínez Bronze Sculpture

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Private Joe P. Martinez

Private Joe P. Martinez by MaxineLocated at the Weld County Veterans’ Memorial Park in Greeley, Colorado and at the Liberty Park in Ault, Colorado.

In 1942 Joe P. Martinez was among the first draftees to be inducted into the U.S. Army in WWII.
He became a Pvt and was assigned to Company K, 32 Infantry, 7th Infantry Division.
Joe’s Company shipped out of Seattle on April 13, 1943. Enemy was entrenched on Attu a small island in the Aleutian Chain.  Pinned down by severe on going hostile fire Joe charged uphill urging his comrades to follow.  Joe’s  iconic shout born of necessity, natural leadership. and courage. resounded across the tundra that day.  “Come on!  Let’s Go!” was later used as a slogan to sell U.S. War Bonds.

Joe P. Martinez was mortally wounded under a hail of fire.  He died in the field on May 26, 1943. Because of Joe’s initiative his comrades went on to secure the Pass,  a critical battle in the Northwest Pacific Theater.

“In grateful memory of Private Joe P. Martinez who died in the service of his country.”
-President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Private Joe P. Martinez: SPECIAL RECOGNITION

  • 1st Hispanic ever to attain the Medal of Honor
  • 1st Private in WWII to attain the Medal of Honor
  • 1st Soldier of the 7th Infantry Division to attain the Medal of Honor
  • 1st Serviceman in WWII from Colorado to attain the Medal of Honor
  • Only American to attain the Medal of Honor for WWII action on US soil outside of Pearl Harbor
  • One of nine New Mexico born servicemen to receive the Medal of Honor in WWII

Private Joe P. Martinez Memorial Plaque by Maxine

 

WWII Hero Private Joe P. Martinez
Dimensions:  Life sized
Edition:  7
Price:   $48,000  

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