Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears, Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years. Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul


Part I. Basic Data:

Name: John Ells Martling
Born: January 12, 1932 in Fort Sheridan, Illinois
Cullum Number: 20383
Army Serial Number: O-72136
Appointment Source: Son Of A Deceased Veteran

Part II. Life Before West Point:

High schools and Locations:
Mansfeld Junior High School, Tucson, Arizona 1945-46
New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico 1946-48
Frankfurt Dependents High School, Frankfurt, Germany 1948-49

Father: Colonel Merrifield Graham Martling, CE, USA
Mother: Agnes Amelia Hamilton Martling

Youth Activities:
Sports: Track: 3 Letters; Football: 2 Letters, Swimming: 2 High School Letters, 1 Intercollegiate Letter

High School Activities
Activities: Deanís List, Athletics, Student Council, Student Court

Part III. Life As A Cadet:

Roommates: John W. Crancer, Lee Donne Olvey
Cadet Rank; Captain
Activities: Swimming, Soccer, Skiing

Part IV. Family Life:

Married; 1958 to Eleanor Lundberg, Divorced
Lynn Chamberlin Martling: Born June 5th , 1959
John Fitzgerald Martling: Born 29th February 1960
Susan Graham Martling: Born May 22d , 1965
Married: 1987 to Erma Swanson Raeber

Part V. Life On Active Duty:

Enlisted as Volunteer Officer Candidate March 1951
Entered West Point July 1951
Graduated West Point: June 7th, Bachelor of Science 1955
Basic Infantry Officersí Course and Airborne Course: Fort Benning, Georgia1956
188th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division, Augsburg Germany: 1956 -1957
6th Infantry Regiment, Berlin Germany 1957 - 1960
French Parachute School (Le Ecole de Troupes Aeroportee, Pau France)
Qualified Parachutiste - First American to free-fall with the French Army- 1958 . Commander of the Guard for Spandau Prison in 1958 guarding War Criminals Hess, Funk, Von Schirac, and Speer.
Aide-de-Camp to Admiral Charles Randall Brown, Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe, Naples Italy 1960 - 1961
Infantry Officersí Career Course, Fort Benning, Georgia 1961
Instructor, The Infantry School, Department of Tactics, Fort Benning, Georgia 1961-1962
Battalion Advisor, 46th Special Regiment, ARVN 1962-63, Republic of Viet Nam 1962 - 1963
The Infantry School, Ranger Course, 1963 (Ranger Tab)
1st Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas G3 Operations Officer, 1963 - 1964
Company Commander, Company C,2d Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment 1964 - 1965
Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 1965- 1966
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, Krannert School of Management , Master of Science Degree -1967
United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Department of Tactics, Office of Military Psychology and Leadership, Director of Leadership Course 1967 - 1968 Changed its perception by the cadets from "Least Interesting" to "Most Interesting" (According to cadet post-course surveys).
Defense Advanced Projects Agency, Republic of Viet Nam 1968
101st Airborne Division, Republic of Viet Nam 1970-1971
Inspector General
Deputy Brigade Commander
Battalion Commander, 3d Battalion, 506th Airborne Infantry Regiment
II Field Force Viet Nam,
Corps G3 Operations Officer
Atlantic Command, Norfolk, Virginia:
Joint Airborne Plans Officer 1971- 1974
Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, Missouri:
Professor of Military Science 1974-1975
Retired July 1975
Silver Star, Legion of Merit(2) Bronze Star, Air Medal(12) Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal(4), RVN Cross of Gallantry, RVN Medal of Honor, RVN Civic Action Medal, RVN Staff Service Medal., various service medals.
Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutists Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Expert Marksman Badge, French Brevet de Parachutiste Militaire ;#139.286, and was the first American to free-fall with the French Army

Part VI. Life After Retirement or Second Career

Morningstar Ranch, Fraser, Colorado
Castle Pines Village, Castle Rock, Colorado
Jacksonville, Oregon
Castle Pines Village, Castle Rock, Colorado
Berntwater, Montgomery, Texas
Hayden, Idaho

Knowledgeable Individuals: Various Community and Political Figures
Newspaper Accounts: Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News

Community Affairs and Other Duties:
1976-1980: Commissioner, and Chairman, Grand County Board of County Commissioners.
Was the principal author of the Wilderness Act of 1979 (U.S. Congress) establishing the Indian Peaks National Recreation Area and The Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.
Directed, developed, and supervised the implementation of the Fraser Valley Land Use Plan, an award winning plan still in use after twenty years.
Contested and won major litigation with trans-mountain water diverters which saved existing water supplies for Colorado's headwater counties and created new federal law establishing the primacy of counties in the development of real estate.
Director, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments 1980-1984:
Member, Governorís Water Roundtable
Member, Denver Water Board Citizenís Advisory Council

Pastimes and Varied Adventures:
Colorado Mountain Club
Hiking, Climbing Fourteeners
Skiing: Ski Instructor Winter Park Handicap Program 1981-1992
Skied for Fifty-Six years 1948-2004

Date Of Death: ?

Location:: Hayden, Idaho

Cause: Old Age

Sigma Chi Charge: "When I go down to the dark River of Death, and its chill waters dampen my feet, I will have no fear. I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith, I have carried the Cross."

Obituary for Publication

Retired U. S. Army Lieutenant Colonel John Ells Martling, __, died _____,_____, at a local hospital. He was born at Fort Sheridan, Illinois to Col. Merrifield Graham Martling and Agnes Hamilton Martling , he graduated from Frankfurt Dependents High School in Frankfurt, Germany and attended the University of Arizona on a freshman swimming scholarship. In early 1951, he enlisted in the Army as a Volunteer Officer Candidate before entering the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. While there, he was on the swimming and soccer teams. He graduated in the Class of 1955.

During his 24-year Army career Colonel Martling commanded Infantry units at every level from a platoon in an Airborne Infantry Company through Battalion Commander and Deputy Brigade Commander. Following commissioning, his initial assignment was as with the 11th Airborne Division, in Augsburg, Germany. In the early 1960's after serving as the Aide de Camp to the Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe, he attended Advanced Infantry Officersí Course at Fort Benning, Georgia where he was retained after graduation as an Instructor in the Department of Tactics. In 1962, he served in Vietnam as a Battalion Advisor to ARVN 46th Special Regiment in highlands of Viet Nam.

After returning from Viet Nam, he returned to Fort Benning where he attended The Ranger Course, winning the coveted Ranger Tab. After which, he was assigned to the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas where he was the G-3 Operations Officer and a Company Commander in the 2d Armored Infantry Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, After Fort Hood, he attended The US Army Command and Staff College, followed by graduate school at Purdue University, receiving a Masterís Degree before assignment as Assistant Professor of Leadership, Office of Military Psychology and Leadership at the Military Academy. In 1968, He returned to Viet Nam on a special assignment and after completing his tour at West Point , returned to Viet Nam as Inspector General of the 101st Airborne Division and Deputy Commanding Officer of the 2d Brigade and the 3d Battalion,506th Airborne Infantry Regiment (Currahee), Task Force Pursuit at An Khe in the Central Highlands, the only independent infantry task force in Viet Nam. On his return from Viet Nam, he was assigned to Headquarters Atlantic Command in Norfolk, Virginia as the Joint Airborne Plans Officer. His final assignment was as Professor of Military Science at Northeast Missouri where raised the program to be the fifth largest in the United States.

Retiring in 1975, he returned home to Morningstar Ranch in Fraser, Colorado.

In 1976, he was elected to the Grand County Board Of County Commissioners. Serving as Chairman and Director of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments.

He was a Life Loyal member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, The Rotary Club, and numerous other civic and service organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Erma Swanson Martling of Hayden; his son, John Fitzgerald Martling of Naples, Idaho his daughters, Susan Graham Martling of Freeport, Maine, and Lynn Chamberlin Martling Palacio of (ask Susan) Espana.

Funeral services will be conducted on ______?________. Burial will follow at the ________?_________columbarium with military honors and a three gun salute.

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