Long-time former serviceman explains why he isn’t a hero
Despite serving his country for more than two decades — with stints in the Army, Air Force and Iowa National Guard — Newton native Fred Martin insists he’s not a hero. He also said he couldn’t choose a favorite branch and explained why he switched branches.
“I like to move around. I like to let everybody get ahold of my talents,” Martin said jokingly. “They were all good, and I enjoyed every minute of it, but you reach a point where you can’t do it anymore, and the job becomes too taxing. So I went ahead and retired.”
Some of the medals Martin, who is adamant about not being called a hero, has earned include the Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal with the 1960 Bar, and a Bronze Star. He also has a few tales of some the “non-heroic” deeds he’s accomplished.
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