Martin W Kondor

Martin W Kondor

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U.S. Army
SPC, A CO 1/63 AR, APO AE 09112, (VILSECK, GE)
BAQUBAH, IRAQ 04/29/2004

A memorial service was held Thursday for Specialist Martin W. Kondor, 20, of York, Pa., who was killed last month in Iraq. Kondor, from Company A, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, was killed April 29 in Baqoubah when an apparent roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle. In remarks during the service, fellow soldiers said Kondor’s courage and sense of humor set him apart.

“Martin Kondor touched every one of us in his own way, usually laced with his own brand of humor and the confidence of being one of America’s finest,” said Captain David Rapone, battalion rear detachment commander. “This confidence was not ill-founded, … Martin displayed his abilities by competing and winning the battalion’s soldier of the month board as a young private first class.”

Despite the danger of the mission, Kondor volunteered for personal security detail for the 3rd Brigade commander, the position he was filling when he died.

“Volunteering for this current mission and the deployment to Iraq, he knew this duty would put him in harm’s way, and Specialist Kondor’s conviction never wavered,” said Staff Sergeant Stephen Roberts, a tank commander from Company A. “His display of personal courage and selfless service is an inspiration to the soldiers of Assassin Company.”

Sergeant Thomas Van Scyoc, a tank driver, said he gave Kondor a nickname that stuck.

“Those of us who were closest to him called him Wanda, a play on his middle name [Wilson],” Scyoc said. “He always said he would kill me for sticking him with that nickname, and then he would laugh. I think that laugh is what I’ll miss the most. Kondor was the best anyone could ask for in a man, a soldier and a friend. I will miss him.”

Sergeant George Donatello, a tank gunner for Company A, said Kondor would not be forgotten.

“He will always live in our memories and our stories, and I will always be proud to have called him my brother in arms,” Donatello said.

Kondor, who joined the Army Aug. 1, 2002, was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal. He is survived by his parents, Cherriney and Michael Kondor; his brother, Joseph; his stepbrother, Trevor; and his fiancée, Lynne-Marie Notchey

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2 Responses to “Martin W Kondor”
  1. Cher Kondor says:

    Martin was a great kid, full of fun who knew how to put everyone at ease. He joined the Army after the attacks of 9/11.”We have been attacked on our sovereign soil. I am going to do something about it”, he said that afternoon. In his memory I designed a living memorial to all veterans called the Gold Star Garden. A dedicated group of local leaders worked tirelessly to make this space, dedicated to healing the heart and to making peace on earth. It was dedicated June 12, 2012 with the help of MG Dana Pittard, and is now open to all. Please make this part of your visit to Washington or Gettysburg. Honor all veterans and remember the fallen.

  2. Sgt. Chapman says:

    I can still remember that dreadful day and everyday I’m living with a bit of guilt still asking or telling myself it was something more I could have done. In those moments I think Kondor whispers to me its ok and It wasn’t my fault, but boy I tell you one thing, its still hard for me to move on. You will be missed buddy.

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