SFC Martin R. Apolinar
December 31, 1982 - May 29, 2011
KIA Wardack Province, Afghanistan
Today marks our first year without you, and we write these words in your memory.
You were many things to many people, Martin. You were an outstanding son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, soldier and friend. In July 2008, you became a husband to Elisa and son-in-law to the Briseno family, taking your new bride to live in North Carolina. In 2009, you became a father to Martin Jr. and a father again in 2011 to Gabriel, a son who will never feel your touch or hear your voice - but your sons will know of you, Martin. We will see to it. It would take a book to hold all the stories that have been shared about you by your neighborhood friends, past fellow employees, teachers and friends of the family.
We will tell them of the little boy who was born on Dec. 31, 1982, and grew up in Phoenix, Ariz., with a dream of someday becoming a member of the Special Forces. You were not sure how; you only knew that you would. Such determination! We will tell them of how you came to your mother and I on that spring day in 2004, your younger brother Eddie just returning from his first deployment in Iraq. You told us you were joining the Army to help him fight the war on terrorism, launching your military career. You would experience your first deployment later that same year to Iraq.