Col. Emlen L. Martin Jr. ’49

Col. Emlen L. Martin Jr. ’49 died September 11, 2012, at his home in Hampton, N.H. He was born on August 14, 1923, in Bristol, Pa., and prepared for college at Bristol High School. He served to lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, retiring in 1975. He flew B-26s during World War II and completed more than 50 combat missions in Europe. He was awarded the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters, four Battle Stars, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and two Meritorious Service Medals. After the war, he enrolled at Bowdoin where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. He went on to earn a second bachelor’s degree in 1962 and a master’s degree in 1963, both in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. He was recalled to active duty in 1952 and served all over the world. As a civilian, he worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the management engineering office. He is survived by son Christopher E. Martin and daughter Elizabeth Martin-Bartl. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Watts Martin, whom he married in 1949, and his brother John W. Martin ’48.

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