Martin, Edward, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1987-1989, 131X, Commander-in-Chief Eastern Atlantic (CINCEASTLANT)
Service Years
1954 - 1989
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Carl Mottern (The White Buffalo), AW1 to remember Martin, Edward, VADM USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Coronado, California

Date of Passing
Dec 23, 2014
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Allied Command Atlantic US European Command US Pacific Command ComSixthFleet

NATO Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean United States Atlantic Command Badge Allied Maritime Command Badge US Navy Retired 30

NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Persian Gulf Yacht Club Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

Order of the Golden Dragon Persian Excursion Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran

Maritime Warfare Excellence Award

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
        Following his Navy retirement Admiral Martin accepted a position with the Zerox Coporation as Director of European Business Development.  After two years in that position Admiral Martin returned to Coronado, California and worked in the private investment sector. He served on a number of corporate, educational, and civic boards.  He was also a frequent guest lecturer, media commentator and military news analyst. Admiral Martin retired and lived the good life, along with his wife the former Sharon Handly.   

       Profile Sponsors Note: 27 Jan 2015:

        It is with regrets today that I learned of Admiral Martin s passing on 12-23-2014 in San Diego.  I will always recall foldly my contacts with the Admiral.  He was a fine gentleman indeed.     

                                                                                                                                        AW1 Carl Mottern USN-RET

Other Comments:
      Profile Sponsors Note:

     It has been my extreem pleasure to research material for this profile of Vice Admiral Edward Martin.  I first came in roundabout contact with Admiral Martin in the Spring of 1977, when he was CO of the Oiler USS CANISTEO (AO-99). After my HS-15 helo dropped mail to CANISTEO, Captain Martin had 10 gallons of ice cream sent up the hoist in mail bags.  He then radioed my helicopter that the treat was "For ROTORHEADS ONLY, AND I  MEAN ROTORHEADS!". His deep Georgia drawll was unmistakable.  The ice cream gift may seem like a small gesture, but put in perspective it was a rare and much appreciated token of his appreciation from a receiving ship, sent from this decorated fellow Naval Aviator, to us less glamorous helo types.  We got back to AMERICA, called all our workshops and had everyone who wished show up in the ready room with a cup and spoon for an ice cream snack and a brief break.  I never forgot that nice gesture. 

      The next day when AMERICA pulled alongside CANISTEO for refueling an announcement was made that this was THE first time two former POW's had Captained the two ships in a refueling operation.  AMERICAs' CO at the time was the much respected Captain R. "Byron" Fuller, a POW from July 67 to March 73, having been captured only a few days after Captain Martin.   Both of course went on to serve as Admirals, with Admiral Martin becoming Commander of the 6th Fleet.

       Years later a writing project about Admiral Fuller for the USS AMERICA Carrier Veterans Association led me to contact Admiral Martin for his recollections on Admiral Fuller.  He could not have been more pleased to help, and contributed accurate info on thier much interwined and parallell careers.  It was  true pleasure to speak to both of these fine gentlemen.  They are in my opinion both great Americans, under who'm I was proud to have served.

        Please enjoy this profile on Vice Admiral Martin.  If you may spot any mistakes or have better information for correction or  photo contributions, please by all means feel free to contact me.  I am particularly interested in Admiral Martins service with VA-34 while on INTREPID prior to his shoot down and capture, and any memories from his time as CO of  both CANISTEO and SARATOGA.   

                                                                                AW1 Carl Mottern USNR-RET
                                                                                         The White Buffalo           
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 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffNaval War College (Faculty Staff)VA-34 Blue BlastersUSS Intrepid (CVA-11)
Prisoner of WarNational War CollegeCNO - OPNAVUSS Canisteo (AO-99)
USS Saratoga (CV-60)US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)Commander Naval Forces Europe/Commander Sixth Fleet (CNE-C6F)
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)US Navy
  1954-1955, 139X, Primary Flight Training, NAS Whiting Field, FL
  1955-1955, 139X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Kingsville, TX
  1964-1965, 131X, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1965-1967, 131X, VA-34 Blue Blasters
  1967-1967, 131X, USS Intrepid (CVA-11)
  1967-1973, 131X, Prisoner of War
  1973-1974, 131X, National War College
  1974-1975, 131X, N8 Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements and Assessment
  1975-1977, USS Canisteo (AO-99)
  1978-1979, 131X, USS Saratoga (CV-60)
  1979-1980, 132X, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1980-1982, Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
  1983-1985, 131X, Commander Naval Forces Europe/Commander Sixth Fleet (CNE-C6F)
  1985-1987, 131X, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations OP-01, DCNO (M,P,T&E)
  1987-1989, 131X, Commander-in-Chief Eastern Atlantic (CINCEASTLANT)
 Colleges Attended 
Armstrong Atlantic State CollegeUniversity of GeorgiaUnited States Naval Academy
  1948-1948, Armstrong Atlantic State College
  1949-1949, University of Georgia
  1950-1954, United States Naval Academy1
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