At 100 Years Old, Alumnus Benigno Martinez Volunteers at The National World War II Museum

Class of 1942 alumnus Benigno “Ben” Martinez was recently featured on The Advocate.com for his work as a volunteer at The National World War II Museum.

Martinez was a senior in Loyola’s College of Pharmacy when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941. He wanted to join the U.S. Army right away, but enlistment officers told him to complete his degree first. Martinez followed suit, graduating in May 1942 and enlisting immediately after. He served as a medic with the 88th Infantry on the front lines in Italy for over two years, seeing combat in Naples, Rome, the Arno River, the Po River Valley, and the southern Alps.

After the war, Martinez ran his own pharmacy, Professional Pharmacy, near Touro Hospital for 50 years. Now 100 years old, Martinez volunteers regularly at the the Museum, sharing stories of his war experiences with visitors from across the globe. He is the last surviving member of the 88th Infantry.

Read the full article on The Advocate.com.

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