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

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

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Published on Aug. 7, 2018

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