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Family Profile: Edwin 'Epp' Martini's Military Service

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

by Diana (Vaughn) Martini

Edwin Joseph Martini

Date of induction: January 22, 1944 (he was drafted at age 32, married with a five-year-old daughter at the time)

Date of entry into active service: February 12, 1944 (military assignment)


  • 4 ½ months PVT (basic training, anti-aircraft, artillery (521)

  • Private First Class, in the European theater of operations for 18 months

  • Member of the 886th Ordnance Heavy Auto Maintenance Co., driving a 2.5 ton truck hauling supplies, equipment, and personnel and performing repairs and maintenance on vehicles


Discharge: Army of the United States honorable discharge given at Separation Center – Camp Atterbury, Indiana on April 18, 1946

Medals, decorations and citations

  • Battles and Campaigns/Central Europe

  • American Theater Ribbon

  • EAME theater Ribbon with one bronze star, lapel button

  • Good Conduct Medal

  • WWII Victory Medal (issued October 8, 1947)

Epp was married to Cecilia Spille and had four children: Virginia, Edwin Jr., Diana, and Dale.

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