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Floyd County

March 10, 2013

Army pals reunite after 67 years

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The two served together in the Philippines and worked with a supply company, delivering and loading supplies onto planes.

“We were in the same tent in the Philippines. I was his sergeant,” Martin said. “He told me I was a great boss. I appreciated that.”

Martin was born in Palmyra but moved to New Albany when he was 9 years old. He said he served in the Army for four years and one day.

“I told him I would see him again in 10 years. I told him I will only be 102,” Martin said with a laugh. “He said, I doubt it.”

Martin said he stays active and “has been in pretty good health all of my life.” He still walks, including regular trips from his home in River View Towers in downtown New Albany to visit his wife in Lincoln Hills Health Center.

“Walking is good exercise,” he said.

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