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Gerald O. Martin (* 21. Mai 1915 in Greensburg, Indiana; † 18. Mai 1980 im Skamania County, Washington) war ein US-amerikanischer Amateurfunker und Hobby-Geologe.

„The whole northwest section and north section blowed up. Gentlemen, the uh… camper and the car sitting over to the south of me is [sic!] covered. It’s gonna get me, too. I can’t get out of here.“

Martins letzte Worte


  • There was a network of Ham Radio operators who had been helping the United States Geological Survey keep track of what was happening on the mountain. "There's a recording of a gentlemen that witnessed the eruption happening," says Banel. "Jerry Martin didn't survive, but a recording of him was preserved, with rumbling of the mountain almost overwhelming one of his last transmissions warning of the mountain's imminent eruption."
  • retired US Navy Chief
  • He parked west of Coldwater Peak
  • On a ridge 3 kilometers (2 miles) behind Dave, ham radio operator Gerry Martin would soon begin his own day. A member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Services and the Radio Amateurs Emergency Services, he was monitoring Mount St. Helens for the Washington Department of Emergency Services. He’d have a clear view of the mountain today.
  • On the ridge behind Dave, Gerry Martin had radioed the Washington Department of Emergency Services when the eruption started, providing a cool and concise description of the catastrophic failure of the north slope, the resulting avalanche, and the blast cloud that emerged as the confined cryptodome was suddenly released. He had an extra moment before the blast and debris avalanche reached him, saw them overrun Dave Johnston and Coldwater II. “The camper and the car just over to the south of me are covered,” he told the DES respondent. “It’s going to get me, too.” Then, silence.
  • Gerry Martin was an amateur radio operator who was near the Coldwater peak area of Mount St. Helens when it erupted. Martin witnessed the explosion that overwhelmed David Johnston's USGS trailer and with little time to spare spoke his last words into his radio, "Gentlemen, the uh, camper and the car sitting over to the south of me is covered. It's gonna get me, too. I can't get out of here." Seconds later his radio was blank.
  • Initially, there was some debate as to whether Johnston had survived; records soon showed a radio message from fellow eruption victim and amateur radio operator Gerry Martin, located near the Coldwater peak and farther north of Johnston's position, reporting his sighting of the eruption enveloping the Coldwater II observation post. As the blast overwhelmed Johnston's post, Martin declared solemnly, "Gentlemen, the uh... camper and the car sitting over to the south of me is covered. It's gonna get me, too. I can't get out of here ..." before his radio went silent.
  • Concrete, WA. volunteer volcano watcher/ham radio operator posted near Coldwater Peak, 8 miles. NNW of the mountain
  • Concrete, Skagit, WA
  • mit Motor home
  • „The whole northwest section and north section blowed up.“

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