From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Michael Martin '71

Date of birth: August 21, 1948

Date of death: October 13, 1979

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1971 Lucky Bag:


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).

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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