Name DBQ's airport terminal after Capt. Bob Martin

Help us in our mission to name Dubuque Regional Airport's new terminal after the decorated war veteran, Tuskegee Airmen pilot, and Dubuque native Captain Robert L. "Bob" Martin.

Robert L. Martin (1919 - 2018), known endearingly as "Bob," was born in Dubuque, IA. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1942 from Iowa State University. During this time, only 1% of Black men achieved this level of education in America.

After college, he joined the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and became part of the world-renowned Tuskegee Airmen. Martin and his comrades of the 100th Fighter Squadron were a part of the 332nd Fighter Group. They flew on long-range bomber escort and strafing missions to seek out and destroy enemy resources. As a Tuskegee Airmen, Captain Martin was not just a  forerunner in combat missions. He was also a forerunner in the desegregation of the United States Military and the desegregation of America. 

During his military career, Captain Martin earned numerous service medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, and the Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters. On March 29, 2007, Martin was one of the recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony commemorating the Tuskegee Airmen held in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of this project is to solidify Captain Martin's place in Dubuque history. The Tuskegee Airmen have been the topic of many books, new segments, and documentaries. Their story has also been told in two blockbuster films, The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) and Red Tails (2012). The Tuskegee Airmen are notable to many worldwide and still acclaimed decades after their service in WWII. Despite all of this, many in Dubuque, IA today do not know one of the best and brightest of this unprecedented group is a son of Dubuque.

To change this narrative, we are asking for your support to name the terminal at Dubuque Regional Airport (KDBQ) after Captain Robert L. Martin. The projected cost to have Capt. Martin's added to the terminal and build a memorial in his honor is estimated at $100,000. Due to federal regulations, the airport cannot use their funds on this project, therefore we are relying on donations for this effort.

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  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 3 d
  • John J Dalton 
    • $25 
    • 17 d
  • Kathleen Vargas 
    • $50 
    • 29 d
  • Cheryl Rossen 
    • $25 
    • 29 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer and beneficiary

Kim Rowe 
Organizer
Dubuque, IA
Dawnelle Gordon 
Beneficiary
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