American Legion Post 187

Joseph Alonzo Martinez

Joseph "Alonzo" Martinez           Aug 18,1925 - Jan 3, 1945

 

Born August 18TH 1925  at home  in Kersey Colorado.

Delivered by Dr. Vann at 9:30  am  

Parents were Eva and Lee Martinez

Alonzo's first  4 years were spent in Kersey, they moved to LaSalle Colorado following his parents work in  1935 the family moved to Fort Collins Colorado and continue to make this their home.

Alonzo attended  Holy Family Catholic School, and graduated from Fort Collins High School at semester time in January1944.

Drafted in March of that year he entered Company A 91ST Battalion, then to Company B of the 335TH Infnatry Battallion. Then transferred to  84TH Infantry Division.

On the 23RD of August 1944 he entered combat in the Ninth Army Sector in Germany November 18,1944.  The 84TH division was shifted suddenly to Belgium.

During "The Battle of the Bulge" Alonzo Martinez lost his life, east of Marche in the Ardennas, struck by machine gun fire in the village of Beffe and laid to rest on that site, January 3,1945.

 P F C  J. Alonzo Martinez

 37 361 318 Plot AAA Row 7 Grave 125

On January 25TH 1945, a Western Union Telegram was received by his mother Eva Martinez.

It was 2 years later that  PFC Alonzo was brought back to the States and laid to rest in Fort Collins.

A requiem mass was held at 10:00 am Dec. 13TH 1947, a Holy Family Catholic Church the interment was at Grandview Cemetary.

HONORS

·         ALONZO MARTINEZ POST AND UNIT #187

·         ALONZO MARTINEZ SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

·         PURPLE HEART MARCH 6,1945

·         BRONZE STAR  JUNE 15, 1959

·         SERVICE VICTORY MEDAL W W II

·         INFANTRY RIFLE COMBAT BADGE

·         SHARPSHOOTER RIFLE BADGE

·         HEROIC STAR OF ACHEIVEMENT

Post #187 is Proud to Honor the memory of this brave man ....