Ralph Martin – Airman from Kansas

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Ralph Edward Martin in WWII

Ralph Edward Martin – U.S. Air Force

A second cousin 1x removed in California sent me 4 photos of my uncle, Ralph Edward Martin. Ralph originally sent these to his cousin during the war.

I’ve been cleaning and purging and I was going through some old photos from my grandmother. I came across 4 photos that Ralph sent to her while in the Air Force. He signed one: “With all my love.” She wrote on the back: “Cousin Ralph Martin.” I wanted to know if you would like them

How thoughtful of her to pass these along to those more closely related to the person in the photograph. Now, I’d like to forward them on to even more direct relatives of Ralph, his two sons. Over the years, I’ve lost touch with David and Michael. Unfortunately, finding them online is quite difficult with the names David Martin and Michael Martin being all too common.

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Martha (Clopton), Ralph Martin and their children David and Michael.

So, to take on this challenge, I’m posting some cousin bait here. The bait that I hope will attract my cousins, David and Michael, is information about their dad’s life.

Ralph Edward Martin

When Ralph Edward MARTIN was born on May 18, 1922, in Madison, Kansas, his father, Charles, was 30 and his mother, Cora, was 25. He married Martha Alice Clopton on November 23, 1946, when he was 24 years old. They had two children during their marriage.

Some of the places that Ralph lived over his 85 years of life:

  • Eureka, Kansas, in 1925
  •  Madison, Kansas, in 1930, 1935, 1940 (according to the census)
  • At age 20, he was working at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita Kansas. It was 1942.
  • He went into the Air Force and rose to the level of Lt. Col.
  • I’m sure that being in the Air Force, he was stationed in many places between the Kansas and Nevada parts of his life. I know there was China, Tokyo, but not sure about where else.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1993 where he lived during his retirement from the military. He died on September 29, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 85.

His father Charles Lorenzo “Ren” Martin passed away on March 28, 1968, in Emporia, Kansas, at the age of 76 and his mother Cora Myrle Joy passed away on November 16, 1969, in Madison, Kansas, at the age of 72.

Ralph Martin was featured in an article in the Kanhistique magazine by his sister-in-law, Gail Lee Martin. You can read that online WWII Kansan and his P-38 the Jayhawk.

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There’s a book about Ralph’s brother. It contains memories about Clyde Owen Martin and stories about his parents, Lorenzo and Cora (Joy) Martin, his siblings, Dorothy (Martin) Jones and Ralph Martin. It also has family history stories about his uncle Ivan Halligan, and his grandparents, Alfred and Marie (Kennedy) Joy. There are photos and essays about John T. Martin, David Greacen Kennedy, Elizabeth Rosebaugh, Moses O’Neil. Gail Lee Martin and her daughters gathered and wrote much of the history. The book is available from Amazon or the print-on-demand site blurb.com or from the historical museums in Eureka and El Dorado KS.

This is week 2 of the 52 Ancestor in 52 Weeks. The topic for the week was #Challenge.