Wilbert Joab Martin
Seaman, First Class, Navy
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.