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Date and Place of Birth: August 25, 1920 Rockingham County, North Carolina
Died: June 30, 2008 Mayodan, North Carolina
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Second Base
Second Lieutenant (retired with rank of Major in 1963)
Military Unit: 421st Bomb Squadron, 504th Bomb Group, 20th Air Force USAAF
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
James P “Jim” Martin was
born on August 25, 1920 in
It was to be his only season
as a professional baseball player as he was admitted to the junior
college division of Oak Ridge Military Institute in
Second-Lieutenant Martin was
stationed at North Field on the Pacific Island of Tinian with the
421st Bomb Squadron, 504th Bomb Group of the
20th Air Force in 1945. On May 29, 1945, Martin was part
of Captain Marcus Worde’s crew aboard the Boeing B-29 Superfortress
“Sitting Pretty” that was shot down over
|Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Sitting
Pretty" 42-24814. Second-Lieutenant Jim Martin was a
navigator/bombardier aboard this
plane when it was shot down over Yokohama, Japan on May 29, 1945.
Martin returned home to
Martin began teaching at
Martin passed away on June 30, 2008 in
Added July 3, 2008.
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