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We still regularly check messages and thank you for your support of and interest in Tom.

We invite you to also visit the 1LT Tom Martin Memorial Foundation at tommartinfoundation.org to see how we are helping young leaders in his memory.

Thank you,
The Martin Family
17) Justin 
Location:
Texas Location
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Monday, 21 December 2009 09:53 Host: adsl-99-74-165-135.dsl.hstntx.sbcglobal.net Send E-mail

I found this page while looking for information on Ranger School. The entries were incredible, and I am at a loss for words upon learning of his passing. Through his journal entries he has had an impact on my life. Thank You.
16) Kirk Fechter 
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Thursday, 12 November 2009 14:41 Host: GenericHosts.ftmeade.army.mil Send E-mail

I just stumbled upon this site searching for knots done in Ranger school. The journal brought back many memories. I laughed about the recycles because I was one. Then I read further and discovered the tragic loss. But I want to share with those who loved him that his spirit came through in his writings and my spirit is refreshed and renewed. I hope to meet someday some of those who knew him and loved him because I know he made them better people.
15) James w. Cain  Male
Location:
sioux Falls, SD Location
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Saturday, 24 October 2009 00:08 Host: host-62-126-2-96.midco.net Send E-mail

Miss you Tom.

Uncle Jim,
14) Beate Haemmerlein  Female
Location:
Fort Drum, NY Location
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Thursday, 15 October 2009 18:52 Host: cpe-67-242-33-205.twcny.res.rr.com

Hi, I've never met Tom. But I met Erika, his fiance and I am married to a classmate of Tom's and Erika's ... I am saddened about Tom's loss - he seemed to have been a remarkable person. My husband Phil Haemmerlein just returned yesterday from Iraq and I am grateful he made it without a scratch. I could not imagine having to loose him this way ... I would like to send a hug to Tom's family and Erika ... It is so wonderful that you keep Tom's memory alive like this and bring him near to people that never knew him in life. Remarkable.
13) Becky Martin 
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Wednesday, 14 October 2009 10:02 IP: 12.171.60.18

I still miss you more than ever. Love you, Becky.
12) Jason Hillman  Male
Location:
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii Location
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Friday, 9 October 2009 19:15 Host: cpe-66-91-3-132.hawaii.res.rr.com Send E-mail

I remember when Tom came home with me over Thanksgiving break in 04. He had never killed a deer before, and hunting was a big thing around our house. So one evening we took off to a grass patch and sat overhead in a tree stand. He got to shoot his first deer that evening and I'm happy to say I was a part of that. A hunter never forgets his first deer. Also that weekend, he got to join in on the traditional midnight 4 Wheeler fun ride. I borrowed my Uncle's 4 Wheeler for Tom to ride. And it was a big one, so we put the cooler on back of it. Later into the night, a few of us started cutting doghnuts and acting like idiots. Tom couldn't resist so he joined in. But the 4 wheeler he was driving was 4 wheel drive, and everyone knows that you can't do doghnuts with a 4 wheel drive 4 wheeler. Only Tom didn't let on he had never driven a 4 wheel drive before, much less a wheeler. So he flipped it on accident. Everyone who met Tom that Thanksgiving took it hard when he died. But we still tell the deer hunting and 4 wheeler riding stories. He will always live on in memory.
11) Rob Hamersly 
Location:
Scranton, PA Location
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Thursday, 24 September 2009 08:26 Host: spa.metlife.com

I found a link to Tom's site on the forums at Armyranger.com while reading up on everything I could about becoming a Ranger. First, I read through Tom's journals from Ranger School, and then stumbled upon his journals before and after, and finally went back to the beginning and read the West Point journals.

Words cannot explain the different emotions I felt while reading through all the journals of Tom's life. I felt like I had known Tom for years and was a close friend of his. I deeply regret that I did not have the privilege and honor of knowing Tom in life. I hope those that did realize how lucky they were to know such a man as Tom Martin. He was clearly very driven, motivated, and goal-oriented, a family man through and through, a pillar of strength for his peers, funloving and with a heart of gold.

I hope that one day, I could have the impact on a stranger that Tom has had on me. God bless Tom and his family.

Drive on, Ranger...
10) Don I. 
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Monday, 13 July 2009 09:42 Host: ip-77-25-186-71.web.vodafone.de

Hey Tom, got my tab! Miss you brother. RLTW
9) Brian  Male
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Saturday, 11 July 2009 18:42 Host: ool-182c8d7d.dyn.optonline.net Send E-mail

I found Tom's blog when searching for sosh run on google. I read the entry concerning the sosh run to find out what it stood for, then left. A few days went by and I found myself thinking about the blog and trying to find it again (I am a high school student preparing to start my application to USMA). When I did find it, I read a few posts, then decided to start at the beginning. I read the entire blog from the first post to your post of his death. As I read his journals I felt like I had found a friend in Tom. He was the ideal mentor in giving me a picture of what school at West Point would be like, and life in the Army after. I actually found myself muttering rock under my breath when I saw something I respected like a random act of kindness on the street or a USMC bumper sticker on a car. Reading about his death actually brought tears to my eyes and I am deeply sorry that he never got to be the greatest skydiver in the world, or supreme ruler of the world so he could fix everything he saw going wrong around him. I learned many valuable life lessons from Tom, and I will never forget the words in this journal, as I have rarely heard of so great a man. My heart goes out to the family and Erika and I wish her the best of luck in her remaining years in the army and as a pilot. Rock.
8) steven kiser  Male
Location:
ocala, fl Location
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Thursday, 7 May 2009 13:24 Host: 111.sub-75-249-72.myvzw.com Send E-mail

my condolences on your loss i was part of the dirty dozen with tom in ranger school. I was just thinking about school and i remebered he had written our stories from ranger school so i looked him up and found out. i was just wondering if all his entries were posted because i would love to read them and see his point of view from ranger school. thank you and god bless.
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