Madison family's son deploys with U.S. Navy off San Diego coast
With unrest continuing overseas in Korea, one family in Madison is watching the situation very closely.
The Martin family - Bob and Norma - have three boys, all active members of the military. Their son U.S. Navy Chief Joseph Martin deployed from San Diego with the 7th Pacific Fleet, Wednesday.
Bob and Norma watched via the Internet with hope and prayers for a safe return.
"To see it, and say 'wow, that's my son's ship, he's in charge'. It's overwhelming actually," Bob Martin said.
Norma and Bob Martin's son Joe is leading the missile program on the USS Princeton. It's a title he took on, with family by his side, last September.
"Knowing he's doing a great job with what he does, it's a different thing having your son in charge of it. That's a big thing," Bob said.
The ship is headed overseas to possibly several spots, including an undisclosed spot near the Korean Peninsula, which has Norma and Bob on the edge of their seat, watching and waiting for what's ahead.
"These things will happen. Our world is an unsteady place. We have to be prepared, and we are. We are proud of all for them. They're doing their job, putting their lives on their lines for us," Norma said.
"They're very well prepared, they train all the time. That comforts me. They know what they're doing," Norma said.
The 'unknown' will always be a bit unsettling but the Martin's can only stay positive. Something they do very well, often times with a little humor.
"If God would've made man like dogs, there wouldn't be wars."
But, all jokes aside, with North Korea's dictator Kim Jong un's continued threats, the Madison parents can only hope for peace. Especially when it involves their son Joe.
"If our good prayers are answered, he (Kim Jong un) will back down. He's a different egg," they said.
"I just pray to the good Lord that He's in Joe's hands and will be alright," Bob said.
Bob's already looking forward to October, when the 6-month deployment will come to an end. The ship will arrive in Hawaii where Bob will meet Joe and set sail back to San Diego for an official homecoming.
Joe has been with the United States Navy almost two decades. He leaves his wife Jennifer and two children, Madelyn and Brady, behind in San Diego.
With a number of deployments under his belt, Bob and Norma say this will probably be Joe's last deployment.