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Wilbert Joab Martin

Seaman, First Class, Navy

Born: October 8, 1925
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: April 12, 1945
Died In: about 10 miles Southwest of Ie Shima, Nansei Shoto

Seaman First Class Martin served aboard the  USS Rall (DE-304) when it was attacked by five kamikaze’s. Four of the enemy planes were shot down but the fifth crashed into the ship’s starboard side and a 500 lb bomb it was carrying went through the main deck, exited out the port side and exploded, killing 21 sailors.

He is buried in Riverview Cemetery, Charlottesville, Virginia.

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