#VeteranOfTheDay Army Air Forces Veteran Robert L. Martin


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Robert L. Martin.

Robert served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

When he graduated from Iowa State University ,he joined the military and trained at the segregated military complex in Tuskegee, Alabama. He was then attached to the 100th Fighter Squadron in Italy.

On March 3, 1945, Robert and 23 other Tuskegee Airmen conducted a mission in Slovenia and Austria. Robert’s plane was hit by antiaircraft fire. He bailed out of his plane and landed safely on the ground. He was brought to a farmhouse before taken to Croatia where he met with an Allied mission.

He was later brought back to Italy where he celebrated V-E Day.

Robert passed away on July 26. He was 99.

We honor his service.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.