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James Edward Martin

May 23, 1931 November 8, 2016
James Edward Martin
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On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the family of James Martin along with the military honor guard, the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department, and several other law enforcement agencies will escort Jeane's Funeral Service from Leesville, LA to Lake Charles, LA. There they will be met by the Patriot Riders and escorted to William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, TX to transport Sgt. James Martin's remains back to Leesville. In order to honor Sgt. James Martin's sacrifice to our country, we are asking that the public stand along Highway 171 from Lake Charles to Jeane's Funeral Service at 100 E. Union St. Leesville, LA. The procession should arrive in Lake Charles at approximately 4:00 p.m. Along the way, fire trucks will display the American flag and the public is encouraged to waves flags as well. Jeane's Funeral Service is giving away flags, so please come by the funeral home to get one. Then on Friday, November 18, 2016, a motorcade transporting his remains will leave Jeane�s Funeral Service at 12:00 noon traveling north on Highway 171 to Hornbeck High School. Then the procession will travel south on Highway 171, go past Anacoco High School, and stop at First Baptist Church of Anacoco where visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. A homecoming and celebration of a true American hero Sgt. James Edward Martin, who sacrificed his life for our country in Korea, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at the First Baptist Church of Anacoco, 4813 Port Author Ave. Anacoco, LA. Guest speakers will honor Sgt. Martin and present his family with awards including the Purple Heart. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery where he will receive full military honors and other awards will be given. Sgt. Martin was born on May 23, 1931, in Anacoco, LA to Felton Glen and Meldredge Peace Martin. He graduated from Anacoco High School and in 1949, enlisted in the U.S. Army. While serving in the 31st Infantry, he died while under attack from the Chinese Army in the Chosin Reservoir. His family was notified on December 3, 1950, that he was missing and on December 3, 1953, he was declared deceased. For years after the announcement of his death, Mrs. Martin would stand on her porch watching to see if he would return home down the road he left. She passed away continually hoping to see him return home. In 2001, James�s remains were found but not positively identified until April 2016. After 65 years, his remains will finally be home and will be buried by his parents and other family members. Preceding him in death were his parents � Felton Glen and Meldredge Peace Martin, two brothers - Glen and Melvin Martin, and sister - Katherine Martin Jeane. Survivors are his sister - Ruby Beatrice Sewell of Leesville and a host of nieces and nephews. The family requests that donations be made to the Korean Veterans Association or to another charity of your choice. Words of Comfort may be extended to the family at www. or on Facebook at Jeane�s Funeral Service.

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