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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 to see how we are helping young leaders in his memory.

Thank you,
The Martin Family
57) Colton Burbank  Male
Ogden, Utah Location
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Tuesday, 29 December 2015 13:23 IP: Send E-mail

Much needed inspiration. Thank you again, my friend.
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Monday, 7 October 2013 12:39 Host:

Thinking of you today...

Aunt Janet
55) DE-VA  Male
United States Location
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Saturday, 28 September 2013 20:02 Host: Send E-mail

Like many on this site, I found your entries while researching Ranger School. I am in delayed entry and I have an 11x opt 40 contract (Rangers). I read one of your journal entries every night, since I found out I would eventually be going to Ranger School (I hope). I got to the point that it was like cheering for a Rocky movie. You know, hoping you'd see Erika, hoping you get through, hoping you didn't stash gatorade packs. I, like other readers, had no idea of your fate until the last entry was read. It was eye-opening, frightening. I am honored to be considered enough of a person to have my boots walk on the same ground as yours. I am honored to have been able to read a small part of your story. I am thankful that a man would give so much. I thank you for this knowledge you have lent to the world.

54) laly 
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Tuesday, 2 July 2013 08:58 Host:

Thanks you
53) Tim B. 
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Friday, 21 June 2013 15:44 Host:

God Bless You, Tom !
Tim B.
52) Spc Hubbell 
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Saturday, 17 November 2012 20:11 Host:

Sir, you are the kind of officer I wish i could have served under and wish others would be like.
51) Aunt Janet  Female
United States Location
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Sunday, 11 November 2012 20:58 Host: Send E-mail

Thinking of & always. Miss you.
50) Mike Martino  Male
West Point, NY Location
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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 05:39 IP:

I’m so grateful for your journal. I’ve just entered my Cow year at USMA, I’ve committed and I’m well into the academic year, but I haven’t been myself lately. Amidst the draw-downs, budget/troop cuts and the monotony of the academy, I felt I was without purpose. Many of my friends enlisted after high school and have already served. I have yet to serve and I doubt I will do so in the capacity you and my contemporaries have. By no means do I wish for conflict, nor do I yearn to be ripped from friends and family to be sent to a warzone, but I haven’t escaped the sense that they did their part and I haven’t done mine. There’s more to my story, but this perspective changed when I read your stories.

For the past few weeks I made it a ritual to read your entries chronologically. I connected with your journey, as I have shared many of the experiences you talked about. You inspired me to enjoy the nuances of the academy and to strengthen my relationships with my buddies. This whole time, I read your story not knowing your fate. It was today that I read your last entry and learned about your death five years ago. This discovery served as my ultimate wake-up call and the impetus for a new look on life. You will never be forgotten and I hope your family finds solace in the fact that you live on in the memory of others and that your memory continues to inspire and positively impact those who keep it.

Be Thou at Peace Tom,
Mike Martino
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Monday, 22 October 2012 16:38 Host: Send E-mail

I found the link to this blog as I have been doing my work on what exactly it is I want to do in the Army. I have always wanted to be a Ranger and after reading this I hope I can push through as he did for so long. Once I started reading it was hard to stop. Its good to know that there are good people out there in the world like him. I hope many more read what he has wrote because so many can learn from him. Thank you Tom and my god be with your family.
48) Jason  Male
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Thursday, 11 October 2012 14:39 Host:

I was reading through your posts and found a funny story about how you and some guys from your enlisted days pulled a prank on a sister platoon during a field exercise. You mentioned your platoon leader by name so I looked him, now a Major at Ft Sill, up and shared the story. No doubt he had some influence on you wanting to become an Officer so I thought he would appreciate reading the post and your blog. I think about you every day buddy and wish you were still here with us. Give my Mom a hug up there and I'll see you both soon enough I'm sure.
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