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SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – SSG Vernon William Martin, U. S. Army, 25, of Savannah, Georgia, husband of Brittany Akeya Murray Martin, died Saturday, October 3, 2009, while serving his country in Afghanistan.

Born March 20, 1984, in Brooklyn, New York, he was a son of Connie Brown and George William Martin. Vernon began his education at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Brooklyn, New York, before moving to Savannah, Georgia, where he continued his education in the Savannah – Chatham County Public School system. Vernon graduated from Johnson High School in 2002. It was at Johnson that he met his future wife. After graduating high school, Vernon briefly held other positions before, at the age of 19, becoming a Juvenile Correction Officer at the Chatham County Youth Detention Center. It was there that he decided Youth Development would become a main focus in his future. His proudest moment was the birth of his son Nasim W. Martin in November 2002. Shortly before his enlistment, Vernon and Brittany married on August 7, 2004, and their family continued to grow with the addition of their daughter’s Zakiyah and Chastity. Vernon was a Christian and was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. He was currently stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, as a light wheel mechanic. Vernon’s military accomplishment’s include The Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service  Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon 2, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and the Driver Mechanic Badge. Vernon always did things whole hearted.

Surviving are his loving and caring wife, Brittany Martin of Savannah, Georgia; two daughters, Zakiyah Akeya Martin and Chastity Nala Martin; one son, Nasim William Martin all of Savannah; his mother, Connie Brown of Savannah, Georgia; his father, George William Martin of Queens, New York; one sister, Vanessa K. Jackson and her husband, Tyrellious, of Savannah, Georgia; one brother, Joseph J. Steward and his wife, Alexa, of Brooklyn, New York; his maternal grandparents, Louise and John Marshall of Brooklyn, New York, and his maternal grandfather, Murphy Ponder of Wadley, Georgia; nieces, Kassandra J. Steward of, Brooklyn, New York and Tyra D. D. Guyton of, Savannah, Georgia; nephews, Jarel O. Steward of, Brooklyn, New York and Tyrik D. D. Guyton of Savannah, Georgia; his mother in-law, Sonia Manior and her husband, Larry, his father in-law, Michael Geiger, his brothers in-law, Michael and Ronell Murray, and his sister-in-law, Youlanda Murray, all of Savannah, Georgia, and aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o'clock Sunday evening at Gamble Funeral Service, 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at St. John’s Baptist Church conducted by The Reverend Dr. George P. Lee III. Interment, with full military honors, will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be members of the United States Army. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Gray, Mark Gray, Tyrellous Guyton, Owen Marshall, Michael Murray, Ronell Murray, Antonio Brown and Michael Brown.

The family of SSG Vernon William Martin would like to acknowledge and thank all for the acts of kindness shown to them for their loved one during this difficult time. The flowers, love, cards, and prayers are all instrumental in our ability to stand strong and in unity. Again we the family would like to express a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone in the community and abroad.  May God continue to Bless and keep you.

Online Condolences

  1. D Wesley says:

    Mrs MartinI knew Martin in South Korea (Camp Red Cloud) When I got promoted he was my first soldier and he never gave me any problems I used to make fun of his thick northern accent he was so sweet and loved and was very devoted to you his wife and child. I hate that such a great person was taken he will be missed God needed an angel in Heaven like Martin to watch over the world. Dorrian

  2. SPC Theodore Smith says:

    I know it’s late, but I am sorry for your loss. SSG Martin was a great guy. I remember him always in my office to make a call back home. We were with the 101st, but he treated us like we were one of his soldiers. When we needed something to make us smile, he found a way to do it. He was a great Friend and Leader.

  3. David and Sarah Sheakley says:

    SSG. Martin was a great friend. He was like a brother to me I will always remember him for his laugh and the he could always cheer you up. To the Martin family I’m sorry and I will always be there if you need me.

  4. David and Sarah Sheakley says:

    Brittany, Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. We are still in shock and its hard to believe. We love you and are cherishing all of the memories we were able to have with you and Martin. We are always here if you need anything.

  5. Shyrel Wallace-Price says:

    Brittany Martin and Family:My prayers,love,and condolences go out to you during such tragic times. Have faith and trust in God; he will carry you thru your struggle.Sincerely,Aunt Shyrel, Marlis, Malik, and Savion

  6. Katrina Braggs says:

    Dear Martin Family,As a person, my prayers and thoughts are with you, as a US citizen, I thank SSG Martin for his service and heroism for our country, and as an ex-Army soldier, I salute you SSG for I know you were Army proud and now heaven receives another soldier. However, you will stand once again when the trumpet sounds. Until then rest. Martin Family, may the Lord give you a peace that surpasses all understanding and Mrs. Martin (wife) may you some how feel SSG Martins heart beat and love every time you hold your children.

  7. The Mallick Family says:

    We didn’t know SSG Martin personally, but, being a military family, we always feel the loss of a hero. Please know that your army family is thinking of you and lifting you up in prayer…Please accept our condolences and know that Heaven has a new angel today….

  8. Tribia & Pfc Edward Jinks says:

    Our Condolences Goes Out To Brittany And The Rest Of Murray-Martin Family The Loss Of Your Love One Has Touch So Many Near And Far Miles Away From 4TH MEB HHC Fort Leonard Wood,Mo You All Are In Our Hearts And Prayers

  9. Doug & Pam Andrews says:

    In this age of an all-volunteer force, our nation needs to be even more grateful for those brave Ameicans and their supportive families who continue to ensure America remains free and the beacon of liberty for the rest of the world. No words can ease the pain and loss of the Martin family, a loss we recognize today, knowing that loss, that missing part of their lives we know as SSG Vernon Martin, will be a loss they suffer through daily for the rest of their lives, comforted we hope by the belief that a grateful nation will also continue to remember and support our veterans and their families, and the sacrifice made for our freedom.Doug AndrewsVietnam Veteran

  10. Wendy Carrington says:

    Dear Martin Family,I would like to send my prayers to you and may God hold you near to his heart during this difficult time. I would like to tell you that Vernon is a true American hero and he will never be forgotten. May god bless his children and they find peace through all the people around them remembering your loved one. My prayers are with you. God Bless.

  11. barbara mincey says:

    Dear Martin family, We are so sorry for your loss. We will forever be indebted to Vernon for his service and his sacrificies. We honor him as a true American Hero. May God bless you and comfort you all in your time of need. Our Prayers are with you all.Sincerly, Edgar and Barbara Mincey and Family

  12. Wanda Greene says:

    I use to work with Vernon at the Juvenile Correctional Center in Savannah, Georgia. He was the sweetest and most respectful young man that I knew. I was fortunate to attend his wedding and he was so happy that day. God bless his family and keep them close.

  13. SFC Theo Antoine says:

    I am truly blessed to have had SSG Martin as a Soldier, friend, and a Brother. He was the kind of person that brought sunshine to cloudy days. His humor and professionalism will live on in his fellow Conrads and in me. Brittany, if you need please don’t hesitate to email. My prayers will be with you and the kids and the Martin family. Trust and lean on the Lord.


    SSG Martin was a true friend and a “TRUE HERO” he alwayshad some positive advice for the younger Soldiers. Martin always had a way to make you smile. I will alwaysremember him as my friend.. May God Bless you and keep you at this time in your life. If ever you need anything from me do not hesitate to send an email.

  15. gary john stepien, sr. says:

    i am very sorry for your loss. my son, spc gary jr. knew your husband very well and is saddened also by your loss. he too is over in afghanistan at this time. may God be with you all in your time of sorrow. if there is anyway that i maybe able to help you in your time of need, send me an e-mail and i will forward you my phone number. my son talked about your husband to me quite a bit. he was a great inspiration for my son. he will be missed by all of the stepien family. may God be with you.lovegary john stepien, sr.

  16. Richard H says:

    I’m about 3 years late .. But me and Vernon were good friends back in Brooklyn .. He actually was the first friend I met in kindergarten , I still have class pictures with him in ps 106 . I just found out today at this exact moment Vernon is not with us anymore. I was watching Espn and they had a special on one of the guys that was in Afghanistan with Vernon . Im sorry for your lost …

  17. Larry Johnson Jr. says:

    Miss you man, miss your jokes and us sittin side by side in class! I send my love and condolences. I am deeply moved by this.

  18. Connie L Brown says:

    Happy 30th Birthday to my baby boy. Missing you like crazy day in and day out.

    You are Always Loved and Forever Missed


  19. Dorrian Wesley says:

    Martin was my 1st soldier that was assigned to me after I made my E5 I was nervous but he made my job very easy….iHe loved his wife and children and was a wonderful team player…I can’t believe Martin is gone…. he had grown a mustache but when I seen the eyes my heart dropped…..he was a wonderful mechanic, dynamic soldier, powerful leader, and most importantly a devoted and loving husband and dad he will be missed….Wes

  20. Charlie Gili says:

    We realize that we are very late to express our deepest condolences, but we wanted to let your family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to deployed troops this week and we’ll be dedicating several of these to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and the hometown of Vernon William Martin US Army Staff Sergeant. We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals from across the American youth hockey community. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you safe and strong.

    Charlie Gili & Family
    On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign

  21. Maj Juan D, USAF says:

    Mrs Martin, I just read about COP Keating yesterday after hearing from someone who had a friend from Michigan make his last stand there. My hometown is Savannah, GA and I wanted to send my respects to SSGT Vernon Martin for his service to our country. Vernon sounds like an incredible person who had much to give to this world.

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