Daniel J. Martin American Legion Post 8

Major Daniel J. Martin, D.S.C.C.G.

128th Infantry Regiment, 32D Division

November 7th, 1874 - November 13, 1918

Daniel J. Martin, D.S.C.C.G. was born in Genesee, Waukesha County, on November 7th, 1874. He was a veteran of two wars, enlisting for service in the Spanish-American War on July 13th, 1898, and was discharged on February 28th, 1917. He again offered his services to his Government and was made Captain in Company L of the Wisconsin National Guard. a Waukesha Company. He tool his Company to Camp Douglas and later to Waco, Texas. While at Waco, the rumor made the rounds that his Company was to be split up. Captain Martin then threatened to put his Company on the train and bring them home. Nothing was done with the Company at that time. During the month of January 1918, his Company left for overseas and when they arrived in France, the Company was split up. Captain Daniel Martin was dearly loved by his men and it was often said that he would never order his men to do anything or go anywhere that he would would not do himself. Captain Martin went through several battles with his Company and was wounded several times, and gassed on November 13, 1918. While leading his men, he was again wounded and on November 13, 1918, he died of those wounds. Just before his death, he was promoted to Major. For his gallant and brave work before the enemy, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by the United States, and the Croix de Guerre by the French Government. After the boys of his old company returned to their homes after the war, steps were taken to form an American Legion Post in the City of Waukesha, and the name of Daniel J. Martin was selected to be the name of the Post. The Post was chartered in 1919 with Hawly Wilbur the first commander. In 1921, the Auxiliary was chartered with Mrs. Hattie Martin, the widow of Daniel, as its first President.

From 32nd Division World War I Roll of Honor

Born ca. 1875 at WI; married Hattie E., father of 6; worked at Waukesha Post Office and resided at 222 Carroll St., Waukesha, WI in '99; later resided at R. F. D. 9, Box A1, Waukesha, WI (hometown); 2d Lt. in Co. A, 4TH Wis. Inf., Waukesha Guards, during Spanish-American War; Capt. and cdr. of Co. L, 4TH Wis. Inf., WNG, at Waukesha, WI when mobilized 15 Jul. '17; served with 128TH Inf.; earned Croix de Guerre for his actions ca. 2 Aug. '18, "He took personal command of his unit and displayed magnificent bravery . . . during the engagement which resulted in the occupation of Dravegny . . . The success was due to his initiative and his personal energy."; WIA, gassed, 1 Sep. '18 during capture of a hill near Juvigny; earned DSC for his actions 1 Sep. '18 near Juvigny; seriously WIA 10 Nov. '18, bullet or shrapnel wound to spine; a 1st Sgt. Peterson, from Milwaukee and same bn., helped carry him to the aid station, medics told him Martin would likely survive; DW 13 Nov. '18; unit was not informed of death or burial; his promotion to Maj. had been processed, but had not been presented to him before he died; interred at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery; namesake of Daniel J. Martin Post No. 8 of American Legion at Waukesha, WI; not listed in 32D Division in WWI as a casualty but his DSC is listed.

Distinguished Service Cross Recipients

From the 32D  ‘Red Arrow’  Division during World War I

Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army

128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 1 September 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) Daniel J. Martin, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 128th Infantry Regiment, 32D Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, north of Soissons, France, 1 September 1918. On numerous occasions Captain Martin personally headed every forward movement of his command, displaying superb courage in his absolute disregard for personal safety. In the attack on Juvigny the battalion commanded by this officer was called upon to execute a turning movement and effect junction with the French troops on the flank. Under the personal direction of Captain Martin this turning movement was completed across a hill strongly held by the enemy, its success being due to his initiative. During this engagement Captain Martin was gassed and taken from the field unconscious.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 143 (1918)

Born: circa 1875 at Genesee, Wisconsin

Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin

Death: 13 November 1918

Interred: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Status: DW