Marty served with
great distinction in the HQ 1st light machine gun platoon from
October 20th 1942 until 23rd June 1944. Marty was
killed in action in Normandy at the age of 20, a great loss to his family
country and the 508th.
At Camp Upton,
Marty Teahan met James (Mac) McMahon and they became close friends.
On the evening of
June 5th, 1944, Marty and Mac bid farewell and god speed to
each other as they climbed into different planes. At 02.30 hours they both
parachuted into Normandy, France. They never met again.
Marty was a great
dancer. He loved those crazy jitter bug steps that were so popular in
those days. Once he got started on the dance floor, you could not get him
The English girls
loved to dance with him. Moreover they loved his New York Bronx accent
that was rare in England.
Marty loved to sing
He provided us with
many hours of enjoyment just listening to him sing.