Saturday, April 14, 2012

Another Hero has fallen

Rest Peacefully Marine. Your sacrifices will not be forgotten....May the Lord watch over your wife and family in their time of need

U.S. Marine Cpl. Alex Martinez was killed in combat in Afghanistan on April 5, 2012. (Credit: Facebook)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Alex Martinez was killed in combat in Afghanistan on April 5, 2012. (Credit: Facebook)

ELGIN, Ill. (CBS) – The funeral for an Elgin Marine killed in Afghanistan will be held this weekend.
Alex Martinez, 21, died last week in the Helmand Province. His visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Laird Funeral Home in Elgin. The fallen Marine’s funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Life Changers Church in Hoffman Estates.
Martinez knew from an early age what he wanted to do, his high-school sweetheart and wife, Juliana, told reporters Thursday. He graduated early, joined the Marines and got married, she says.
“He wanted to start a family, just starting to plan for a family and everything when he came back, and (he was) thinking about joining the fire department,” she said Thursday.

Alex and Juliana were married just four years when she got the call that he was killed in combat operations. It’s still unclear exactly how he died.
Juliana now wears Alex’s wedding ring around her neck — a ring he left behind before leaving for what was his final mission.
“He’s like, ‘Just hold on to it, just so I don’t mess it up or scratch it more,’ and so I kept it. I’m glad I kept it cause it probably would have been lost,” she said.
And now a ring once worn by her husband will hang close to her heart – a heart she says is filled with memories of a life cut short.
“He was just so kind, loving,” Juliana says. “Everybody loved him he came in contact with.


  1. the faster we can get out of afghanistan, the better. the afghans can do a better job of destroying themselves than we could ever do. could I recommend a book? Shantaram, by Gregory Roberts. A true story that is almost unbelievable. The writer ends up in Afghanistan, in a cave being bombed by both the Russians and the Mujahadin...this was before the Russians left, but he really gives you a lot of insight into basic reasons why America should never have gone there in the first place.

  2. Dottie- I forgot about books. I finished the honeybee democracy, some time ago. You could definitely recommend a book. It will go with my new Kindle. I can not speak to intelligently on Afghanistan. Just hate seeing these local servicemen and women loosing their lives.

  3. Johnny,

    I wish his sacrifice would mean something, but, unfortunately, Dottie is right. We should not have gone to Afghanistan for any reason other than destroying terrorism. Once that was done, we should have left.

    Rest in Peace, Marine. Hopefully the rest of us will make your sacrifice worthwhile.