With a unanimous 5-0 vote last night by the Dubuque Regional Airport Commission endorsed, accepted, and approved the petition filed by Dubuque resident, Dawnelle Gordon to name the Dubuque Regional Airport terminal building located at 10965 Aviation Drive to the Robert L. Martin Terminal Building.
Captain Robert L. Martin grew up in Dubuque, graduated Senior High School in 1936, earned his pilot license as a student at Iowa State University and joined the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII where he became part of the 100th Fighter Squadron, part of the 332nd Fighter Group and a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. He flew long-range bomber escort and strafing missions to seek out and destroy enemy resources. On his 64th mission, he was shot down over German-occupied territory and evaded capture for five weeks as he made his way safely across Allied lines. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1945.
For his bravery and service, he received several war decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Six Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart. In 2007, he, along with the Tuskegee Airman were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush at the White House.
If you would like to help in fundraising efforts to defray the costs of design, construction and installation of the Robert L. Martin Terminal Building monument – Ms. Gordon has set up a GoFundMe page to help defray costs of design, construction and installation of the Robert L. Martin Terminal Building Monument.