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Sat 2/23/02 6:05 PM

Dear Sir,

I work at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Chuch, in Norman, OK. I am sorry to inform you that our beloved Chaplain George Martin passed away enough to cross his wise path. His presence will be felt for a long last year of cancer, before he managed to get us all straightened out, unfortunately. He was "our voice of God" and is deeply missed by all of us who were lucky time. Your tribute to those who served on your ship is very interesting. I hope you will update it with this information.

Thank you,

Carol Friesen

My Reply

Dear Carol,
The Officers and Crew of the USS Oakland thanks you for this very sad news.

Sat 2/23/02 6:05 PM

George's first sea duty

Birth 17 Feb 1917 ~ 23 Feb 0202

George L. Martin (Captain, CHC, USN Ret.) is a "volunteer" assistant minister at McFarlin Methodist in Norman, Oklahoma, where he has been busy for several years instructing everyone on the "right way" to do things. He was born December 17, 1917 to George T. and Lena Dubois Martin in New Market, Alabama. The family originally moved to Oklahoma in 1919, where G. T. Martin was a "circuit rider" Methodist preacher. After graduating from East Central Teacher's College at 20, George taught English and Drama before officially joining the "family trade" of preaching. He entered Iliff School of Theology in Denver in 1942, and after graduation was commissioned as a chaplain in the US Navy and attended Chaplain's School at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.

His 27 years of chaplaincy went something like this:
Miami, Florida (1946)
U.S.S. Oakland (46-47)
N.A.S. Coronado (48-49)
MSTS out of Bremerton (50-51)
US Naval Hospital Memphis (52-53)
NSA Yokusuka (53-54), US Naval Hospital Oakland (55-56)
USS Boxer (57-58)
USS Oriskany (59)
US Coast Guard, Groton CT (60-62)
post-graduate work at the Universityof Chicago (62-63)
NSA Naples (63-65
USMC Camp Pendleton (65-67)
1st Marine Division in Vietnam (68-69)
USMC Camp Lejeune (69-72).

Along the way, (USNH Memphis, 1952) he met and married Helen Wallis, a Navy Nurse who had served on the USS Benevolence when it sank off San Francisco in 1950. They served together until 1957, when Helen resigned her commission just before their daughter, Mary, was born in 1958.

George retired as a captain in 1972 and the family returned to Oklahoma. Retirement from the Navy didn't last long ....George became the pastor of a small Methodist Church in Wayne,Oklahoma, and then became the Executive Director of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. After "retiring" two more times from those careers, he started volunteering at McFarlin, where he is still going strong.

In 1995, he and Helen also started new careers as grandparents.

When things calm down, he's hoping to catch a military transport plane soon to visit Turkey again, or maybe Europe, or maybe Japan .... or to explore points

Thank you George for this wonderful piece of ministry.

When I needed help with the Atlanta and Juneau memorial webpage web page. You was on hand and created the Momorial Message. I just received word of your passing on for which I am very sorry. I feel it is only proper that you be honored here with the heroes that you wanted to honor. Thank you for your faithful service to God and Our Country for which we shall always be grateful. ~ Paul


The vast majority of the American people in a "name association" game, if asked where ATLANTA and JUNEAU were connected, would say Georgia and Alaska. Only a tiny fraction would be able to call from their sub-conscious a remembrance of the Battle of Guadalcanal and the sacrifice made by the brave though frightened men who gave their lives as those two ships went to the bottom of Ironbottom Sound and Indispensable Strait, in what Admiral King called, "one of the most furious sea battles ever fought."For those who remember, November 12-13,1942 is a night that must be commemorated. In what spirit shall we remember this day and those men whose bodies went to the depth of the sea as their souls joined the immortals? A touching story from the Old Testament illustrates the right way: King David, weary and spent after a hard battle with the Philistines, takes refuge in a cave near his native town of Bethlehem. Spurred by memories of his boyhood but knowing that the town is now occupied by the enemy and that he is therefore longing for the impossible, he wishes for a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem. Hardly had these words fallen from his parched lips, when three heroic soldiers break through the enemy lines, draw water from the well just outside to gates, and bring the precious drink to their king. David recieves the vessel from the hands of the heroes but, "would not drink of it, poured it out to the Lord and said, 'Far be it from me before my God that I should do this. Shall I drink the lifeblood of these men? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.'" Bought at a price of the risk of so great a sacrifice, it was too costly a drink to be enjoyed selfishly. The only use worthy of it was to pour it out as a thank offering to the Lord.

The sensivity to sacrifices made for us and this sense of obligation to make consecrated use of the results of sacrifice, constitute the right spirit of commemorating this Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal and its monumental heroes.

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