Clarence H. Martin
(Jim) grew up and attended school in Monroe, NC. A graduate
of the high school there, he attended Wingate College
where he received his B.A. degree.
married Delores Thompson in 1941 and in February of 1942,
a son, Douglas was born.
basic training and gunnery school, he was assigned to
the 39th Bomb Group for flight training in B-29s. Martin
participated in all of the crew's 22 missions. As did
the others on his crew, he received the Distinguished
Flying Cross (DFC) and three Air Medals and various other
medals and various other decorations. At the conclusion
of World War II, Martin elected to remain in the Air Force.
1946, he was stationed at Eglin Field, FL. It was there
that he met Jean Holloway, and in the following year they
were married at Andalusia, Alabama.
1948, Martin was assigned to a unit at McDill AFB, Florida
and then transferred back to Eglin for the years 1949
through 1952. Their son, Clarence, was born at this base
on June 26, 1950.
was sent to Enniwetok in the Pacific for five months in
the 1952, where he was involved in "Project Greenhouse
assignments included Anderson AFB, Guam 1952-54; Maxwell
AFB, AL, 1954, where a daughter Nancy Lee was born; Dover
AFB, DE, 1954-56; Palm Beach AFB, FL 1956-59; Tinker AFB,
OK, 1959-62 (During 1962, he spent five months in the
finally retired from the Air Force on June 30, 1963 at
Charleston, SC with the rank of Master Sergeant.
moved to Andalusia, AL. that same year and became a successful
Farm Bureau agent.
1976, Martin worked owned and operated the Martin Tomato
Company (a wholesale packing firm). He sold his business
in 1980 and entered retirement. In 1985, Martin underwent
throat surgery. He passed away in the following year at
the age 68. Jean worked for radio station from 1968-71,
and held a secretarial position for a physician during
the years 1972-1986. She moved to Prattville, AL in 1988
and has since remarried.
is survived by three children - one from his first marriage
- a son, Douglas, and two from his marriage to Jean -
a boy, Clarence, and two girls, Emily and Nancy.