Charlie graduated from Cranston High School and Bryant College before enlisting in the Air Force. He received his wings at the ripe old age of 19 and went on to a most rewarding career of 28 years in the USAF flying his favorite, the F80 series through the F4E, and many in between. He graduated from Command and Staff College while receiving his MBA from George Washington University.
In December of 1966, he was assigned to Danang AB, South Vietnam where he flew 144 missions (100 north). He returned and was assigned to Edwards AFB as one of 3 TAC pilots on the F-4E initial OT & E program.
In November of 1970, he was handpicked for a special position in Israel, an experience he and his entire family enjoyed. May of 1977 found him and the family happily moved back to FWB. He retired after his last assignment of being appointed as DCS/Armament & Avionics.
After retiring from the USAF Charlie opened his own real estate brokerage, The Charles Martin Agency, and then re-retired in 1987. Charlie was a member of the Eglin Yacht Club for over 40 years and served as Commodore. He was a proud member of the “George “Bud” Day” order of Daedalians flight 61 and a member of the F86 Sabre Pilot Assn.
He was a skilled hunter, fisherman, and boater and loved reading his conservative magazines, watching his birds, and doing crosswords. He and his wife of 33 years, Linda Gail, loved traveling, entertaining friends and family, and enjoying Happy Hour on their deck as Charlie partook of his gin martini and cigar, being the “Officer and Gentleman” that he was!