Robert L. Martin served his country with honor in the Army Air Corps as a member of the "Tuskegee Airmen" during World War II. He flew over Italy and Yugoslavia for what he described as "63 1/2 missions" until he was shot down by German anti-aircraft fire on March 3, 1945. Surviving the crash he was picked up by Marshal Tito's anti-fascist partisans and assisted by them to return to the American allies. He was discharged in Sept., 1945 and moved to Chicago where after the war he became an electrical engineer for the city for more than 40 years until his retirement in 1988. A graduate of Iowa State University in 1944, he joined a Civilian Job Pilot Training program that led to his becoming a Tuskegee Airman. He was a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal (2007) at a White House ceremony along with other Tuskegee Airman. He died July 26, 2018.