Joe P. Martinez, Medal of Honor Recipient

Joseph Pantaleon Martinez was born in Taos, New Mexico.  Private Martinez distinguished himself in World War II by his valor in combat, though he gave up his life in doing so.  Private Martinez was born July 27, 1920 to Jose Manuel Martinez and Maria Eduvigen Tafoya.  By the time the United States had declared war on Japan in World War II, Private Martinez had moved to Ault, Weld County, Colorado.  He enlisted in the United States Army from Ault in 1942 at the age of 22.  At the time, he was 5’7” and weighed 145 lb. and was a single man, though at some point thereafter he is believed to have married.  He had been working on a farm in Ault prior to his enlistment.

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Hiroshi H. Miyamura

We have probably encountered people who have done heroic and selfless things, and not even known who they were.  We would like to highlight them as we come across their stories.  One was Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura who was born in Gallup, New Mexico.  His parents had come to Gallup with other family members in 1923 and opened a lunch stand.  His aunt had a boarding house out of town that served miners of all nationalities who worked in the nearby coal mines.

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