WSU students meet World War II veteran Richard Martin

November 11, 2019 - 8:56 am

Wichita State


Richard Martin was only 18 years old when he was drafted into the Army Air Corps. Two years later, he spent the first part of his 21st birthday in the nose of a Boeing B-29 bomber over Japan.

Now he’s 94 years old and the last living member of his squadron. He walked across campus on his own, with only the help of a wooden cane and his son next to him.

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the students of Wichita State’s 102 “Innovations of WWII” met him in the Ablah Library C-Space.

Now he is one of increasingly few remaining veterans of World War II, and the students had a rare opportunity to ask questions and listen to his stories.

Martin answered questions ranging from his initial training in Miami Beach, Florida, to his long career as an accountant after the war.

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