Patricia Martin

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Patricia Scott Martin Pat was born on a volcano (Mt. Tabor) in Portland, OR, on July 13, 1929. One year later, the volcano was still calm, but the economy had imploded. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Pat’s family took refuge in a little country cabin near another volcano (Mt. St. Helens), where Pat and her three younger brothers enjoyed the freedom of roaming the fields and forests, often with no one but their dog. Upon graduating from a consolidated high school in Battle Ground, WA, Pat immediately went to work to support herself and continue her education. For over thirty years, she was a freelance court reporter in military and civilian courts, legislative proceedings, hearings and investigations. She continued her college education at various locations along the way, including the University of Washington, St. Martin’s University, University of Maryland, and University of Munich among others. Pat went to Japan and Korea as a UN War Correspondent from July 1952 to February 1953. She was one of the first and only Western reporters to spend extended periods with ROK troops on the front lines, primarily in the mountains of the eastern front during the fall and winter of 1952. Her dispatches from Korea were carried regularly in the Nippon Times of Tokyo and the Seattle P.I. in Washington State. In 1954, she was married to Captain Douglas Martin. They were divorced in 1968. Pat has two sons and three grandchildren. Always more comfortable with mountains on the horizon, Pat lives and writes in a rural setting near another dormant volcano (Mt. Rainier) and still roams the fields and forests with her two dogs. Books by Pat Martin: Bad Asses and Thieves. 2005, Gorham Printing. Stories about the Northwest timberlands and the renegades who call the forests home. Arirang Pass. 2006. Written on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War. Pay the Piper. 2008. Gorham Printing. Stories about the social turmoil of the Vietnam era, and the struggles of a young landlady coping with population shifts and strife. Blame the Kittens. 2010. Gorham Printing. A lighthearted autobiography about less than lighthearted times.