Harry Martin was a member of the Ohio National Guard when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps in 1943. After completing Engineers School, Martin was designated an Engineer Officer and assigned to the engineering regiment of the 5th Marine Division. Martin landed on February 19, 1945, and was slightly wounded that day. He continued to fight until the final day of the campaign, March 26, 1945. Early that morning the remaining Japanese forces launched one final, desperate attack. Martin organized the men in his bivouac area, temporarily halting the Japanese advancement. As the Japanese began to break through the lines later in the morning, Martin led a charge into the oncoming enemy forces, fighting tenaciously until he was mortally wounded by a grenade. First Lieutenant Harry Martin was 34 years old.