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|LBText=Arriving from the Nebraska Heartland, Mike brought with him all the open friendliness of the West. Alert, involved, inherently honest, sometimes pensive, and capable of enormous indignation, Mike commanded respect and admiration. Mike's capacity to be intensely alive, his natural interest, and his lasting dedication assume him of a life both relevant and rewarding.}}
|LBText=Arriving from the Nebraska Heartland, Mike brought with him all the open friendliness of the West. Alert, involved, inherently honest, sometimes pensive, and capable of enormous indignation, Mike commanded respect and admiration. Mike's capacity to be intensely alive, his natural interest, and his lasting dedication assume him of a life both relevant and rewarding.
|LBOther=Mike's middle name was Reed.}}


== Loss ==
== Loss ==
USNA '71 lists Mike as an operational loss on October 13, 1979. This date corresponds with a crash of a Navy RF-8G Crusader from Light Photographic Squadron (VFP) 63 that was operating from USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). It appears that at least part of the entry — that it was operating from CV 63 — is incorrect. There is no mention of the loss in the [http://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv63-79/311.htm 1979-1980 cruise book] or a news article on [https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1980/02/17/navy-town-stunned-by-11-pilot-deaths/55e1bd24-cd64-4759-b34b-81382b1558de/?utm_term=.064cd18076a1 other Navy crashes] aboard the ship and around the world. Another [http://www.navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv61-79/344.htm 1979 cruise book,] from USS Ranger (CV 61), also doesn't list Mike. [http://f8crusader.org/finlchrl.htm F-8 Crusader In Memoriam,] however, does list Mike (in "1980?"), so suspect he was lost in a crash of the RF-8G listed above. [http://f8-crusader.com/index.php?act=bunodetails This site] — in French — confirms the date, confirms VFP-63, and indicates the crash was in San Francisco Bay. The caption of this picture of the exact RF-8G lost also confirms the date, and gives additional information (pre-deployment workups with VFP-63 Det 2 and USS Coral Sea (CV 43)).
Michael was [http://f8crusader.org/finlchrl.htm lost on October 13, 1979] when his RF-8G crashed near San Francisco. He was in [http://f8-crusader.com/index.php?act=bunodetails a member of VFP-63 Det 2], aboard USS Coral Sea (CV 43).  Contemporary [https://www.newspapers.com/image/265470652/?terms=michael%20martin%20rf-8&match=1 newspaper accounts] state "a shredded life raft and a piece of the tail from the RF-8 Crusader jet" were recovered, but not the pilot, and that the cause of the accident was under investigation.
 
From researcher Kathy Franz:
<blockquote>
Michael was a member of a photographic squadron at Miramar Naval Air Station and was assigned to the air wing of USS Coral Sea. The single-seat RF-8 jet went down after performing maneuvers for relatives of the ship’s crew on “Dependents Day.” He was flying over the speed of sound, at least 750 mph, at about 300 feet above the water. On this low-level, high-speed leg of his run, he crashed 20 miles west of Half Moon Bay. His body was not recovered.
 
Michael’s family also had lived in Sioux City and Woodbury, Iowa. His father was Russel Reed Martin (1917-1980), and his mother was Alberta Henrietta Ewoldt (1918-2000). They were married 12/31/1938 in Missouri, and they are buried in Longmont, Colorado. His brother was Dennis Russell Martin (1950-2001).
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[[Category:1971|Martin]]
[[Category:1971|Martin]]

Latest revision as of 22:29, 3 February 2021

Michael Martin '71

Date of birth: August 21, 1948

Date of death: October 13, 1979

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1971 Lucky Bag:

1971 Martin LB.jpg

MICHAEL R. MARTIN

Arriving from the Nebraska Heartland, Mike brought with him all the open friendliness of the West. Alert, involved, inherently honest, sometimes pensive, and capable of enormous indignation, Mike commanded respect and admiration. Mike's capacity to be intensely alive, his natural interest, and his lasting dedication assume him of a life both relevant and rewarding.


Mike's middle name was Reed.

1971 Martin LB.jpg

MICHAEL R. MARTIN

Arriving from the Nebraska Heartland, Mike brought with him all the open friendliness of the West. Alert, involved, inherently honest, sometimes pensive, and capable of enormous indignation, Mike commanded respect and admiration. Mike's capacity to be intensely alive, his natural interest, and his lasting dedication assume him of a life both relevant and rewarding.


Mike's middle name was Reed.

Loss

Michael was lost on October 13, 1979 when his RF-8G crashed near San Francisco. He was in a member of VFP-63 Det 2, aboard USS Coral Sea (CV 43). Contemporary newspaper accounts state "a shredded life raft and a piece of the tail from the RF-8 Crusader jet" were recovered, but not the pilot, and that the cause of the accident was under investigation.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Michael was a member of a photographic squadron at Miramar Naval Air Station and was assigned to the air wing of USS Coral Sea. The single-seat RF-8 jet went down after performing maneuvers for relatives of the ship’s crew on “Dependents Day.” He was flying over the speed of sound, at least 750 mph, at about 300 feet above the water. On this low-level, high-speed leg of his run, he crashed 20 miles west of Half Moon Bay. His body was not recovered.

Michael’s family also had lived in Sioux City and Woodbury, Iowa. His father was Russel Reed Martin (1917-1980), and his mother was Alberta Henrietta Ewoldt (1918-2000). They were married 12/31/1938 in Missouri, and they are buried in Longmont, Colorado. His brother was Dennis Russell Martin (1950-2001).


Class of 1971

Michael is one of 14 members of the Class of 1971 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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