When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart. For as long as you remember me, I am never entirely lost. — Frederick Buechner

As many of you know, my brother Tom was killed 14 October 2007 while serving in Iraq. Tom's family, friends, and supporters have spent the months since that day finding new ways to spread his story and preserve his memory. There have been memorials attended, scholarships presented– even ATV rides organized! Lots of tears and lots of smiles – and lots of healthy healing.

Some of you are aware that Tom kept a blog of his experiences while in school at West Point and the years and memories since then, including Ranger School and a deployment to Iraq. This last fall, I learned of a way to capture his journals in a physical, tangible way ? and I contacted Blurb.com to make it happen. I got in touch with a book designer, and 3 months and 364 pages later ? we have Green to Grey to Gold: this be me.

Book Cover  

The book is available through the bookstore at Blurb.com, and my family receives no income or profits from sales. We had it published primarily for family and close friends ? but have received such an overwhelming response from readers of Tom?s blog that I want to spread the word and share the link to the book.

It was a true labor of love and I?m very proud of how it turned out.

Here?s the link to the book.  If you click on the book to preview, you are able to browse the first few pages and the cover.  To zoom in: right click on the pages (in ?full screen? mode). In case you?re not able to zoom in enough to read it ? below is the copy from the inside flap of the dust jacket. 

And remember – Tom's original blog is still live at www.tommym1080.com

(from the dust jacket)

A little about Tom ?

First Lieutenant Thomas Martin died during combat operations October 14, 2007, while serving his country in Iraq.

Tom was born October 10, 1980, in Huron, South Dakota. He left South Dakota as a very young boy, went to school for a short time in San Marcos, Texas, and then graduated from high school in Cabot, Arkansas in 1998. That same year he enlisted in the United States Army completing Basic Training and AIT as a Field Artilleryman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma (GREEN). In 2000, after an assignment to Camp Stanley in Korea, Tom was accepted for admission to the United States Military Academy. After attending the United States Military Preparatory School, Tom entered West Point in the fall of 2001 (TO GREY). As a West Point Cadet, Tom started on the Rugby team, was a member of the Military Tactics Team, and earned his Parachutist Badge by graduating from Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.  Tom majored in Military Science and graduated with his class in May 2005. He was commissioned as an Armor Officer (TO GOLD) and completed the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Tom volunteered for Ranger School and graduated earning his Ranger tab in May 2006. He reported to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Richardson, Alaska in June 2006. Upon arrival, Tom was assigned as the Sniper Platoon Leader in Crusader Troop and deployed with the unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in October 2006.

1LT Martin was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart Medal posthumously. His previous awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Overseas Ribbon w/numeral 2, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

As a youth, Tom was active in his church, community, 4-H, high school band, theater, the Boy Scouts of America, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

First Lieutenant Martin was interred in West Point National Cemetery, West Point, New York.

He will forever be remembered as a man with undaunted determination who was fiercely dedicated to his men, his mission, and his country.

Tom Martin will never be forgotten.

2 thoughts on “Remember. And enjoy.

  1. Ohh, Sarah, I am SO glad you got this done. It looks amazing.

  2. Just wow…

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