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First Name: William

Last Name: Martin


Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Inman

Date of Birth: 05 May 1910

Date of Death: 29 March 1996

Rank or Rate: Vice Admiral

Years Served:
William Inman Martin

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1934

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


William Inman Martin
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy

William Inman Martin was born on 5 May 1910.

Martin graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1934. He went into Naval Aviation and was considered one of the preeminent test pilots of his time. He flew a record 440 night landings on carriers during his service in the Pacific during World War II and commanded bomber and fighter squadrons from the USS Hornet and the USS Enterprise. He was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry as Pilot of a Fighter Airplane and Flight Leader in Fighting Squadron ten attached to the USS Enterprise in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Saipan in June of 1944.

In April of 1967, he became Commander, Sixth Fleet.

Medals and Awards

Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3 Awards)
Silver Star Medal
Legion of Merit (2 Awards)
Distinguished Flying Cross

Death and Burial

Vice Admiral William Inman Martin died on 29 March 1996 in Alexandria, VA. He is buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, MD.

Honoree ID: 2812   Created by: MHOH




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