Jim “Pee Wee” Martin

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin

Jim “Pee Wee” Martin is still going strong at 92 and is one of the last of the original "Toccoa Men" that trained as paratroopers during World War II. A member of G Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division, Mr. Martin is hoping to retrace his steps through the battles he participated in while a young man in Europe. Mr. Martin was with the 506th all the way from Normandy to Holland, and from Bastogne to Berchtesgaden.

I have been speaking with Mr. Martin for a couple of weeks now (via Facebook…yes, he’s on Facebook!), and I can tell you that he really enjoys hearing from younger people that know what he and the men of his generation did for all of us. Lately, he's even been Skyping with friends and admirers over in Europe. If you would like, contributions to get "Pee Wee" his trip to Europe can be made through the link below. I know we'd ALL love a trip to Europe, but I can't think of anyone more deserving than a man who paid a great deal for our freedom over there.

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3 comments on “Jim “Pee Wee” Martin

  1. David Navarre says:

    Saw some Facebook photos of Pee Wee running up the “Currahee Mountain” used in the Band of Brothers series over in the UK, and some of him with D-Day Historian, Paul Woodadge (http://ddayhistorian.com/) as Paul was signing copies of his book “Angels of Mercy” https://www.createspace.com/4022968

    Glad Pee Wee was able to make the trip this time!

    • navyphoto22 says:

      I’m very happy for Pee Wee! I’m sure he’s having a great time over there, and I follow him on Facebook as well.

      • I was over for the 65th anniversary and have mixed feelings about going at that time in the future. It’s soooo crowded, but, on the other hand, many of the folks I know go at that time and, because of the crowds, it is one of the rare times during the season when the battlefield guides I know won’t be working, so can socialize. Looking at all of their photos makes me wish I was there!

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