Charles A. Martin Bio
CHARLES A. MARTIN
Author of The
Last Great Ace: The Life of Thomas B. McGuire, Jr.
Charles A. Martin was born in 1929, in Rome, Georgia. He moved
with his family to Sebring, Florida, a few months later, where
his father, Dr. Leldon W. Martin, opened a medical
At age 16 he took flying lessons and
received a pilot’s license. He graduated from Sebring High
School in 1948 and was in basic training at Lackland Air Force
Base, on the first anniversary of the United States Air Force
becoming a separate branch of the service. He was also on active
duty during the Korean War.
In 1953, Martin survived a plane
crash at Stiengel Field, Gainesville,
Florida, in which
he landed a plane without injury after the engine
failed on take-off. He graduated from the University of
Florida in 1956 and was employed by Eastman Kodak as a
Technical Sales Representative.
He worked in the Kodak Pavilion
at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 and for 13 years was Kodak’s
representative to Triangle Publications, printer of TV Guide
and Seventeen Magazine in Philadelphia, and later Arcata
Graphics, printer of Reader’s Digest and Time Magazine in
Martin married Antoinette Dean from Jackson Heights,
New York, in 1957 and they have three children. He has lived in
Fruit Cove, Florida, since 1994 where he writes and is a tour
guide at the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum, St. Johns,
Martin spent 15 years researching and writing THE LAST GREAT ACE.
Over 100 interviews were conducted during the that period. Martin
has been honored by the Air Force Association for writing the book
and is featured in a Wings program currently running nationally on
the Discovery Channel.
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