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"MARTY" was a combat veteran of the US Navy Submarine Service in World War II.  He was an interesting guy, to say the least.

There are many bronze Memorial plaques to the 52 American submarines and the 3,503 men who were lost in them in so many unlikely places, thanks to the efforts of "Marty".  For instance, when visiting the German Navy Memorial on the shores of the Baltic near Kiel, Germany - there is one of these bronze Memorial plaques - thanks to "Marty's" efforts.  He did a lot to help preserve the memory of these brave guys, but his zeal was sometimes misunderstood by less enthusiastic people.  He always had his submarine service first in his mind.

"MARTY" was on his way to another far away place, probably to scout it out for another bronze Memorial plaque.  Because he was retired military, he was allowed to fly free on military aircraft.  He showed up at the Air Force base early one morning for his flight but was too early, so he stopped in at the 'Quick-Mart' across the street from the base for a cup of coffee to go.  With his hot coffee in his hand, he started across the street for the main gate of the Air Force base...............he never made it.  A driver apparently didn't see him in time, and "MARTY" was killed instantly.


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