Thursday, April 11, 2013

My Dad Began His Martin Career in 1939

At 95, he is proud to look back at wonderful memories
by James G.

My dad, Jim, turned 95 on Christmas Eve 2012! He began his career at the Glenn L. Martin Company in June 1939. Prior to his being drafted into the Army, he worked in manufacturing. He riveted aircraft frames and installed pilot controls and electrical systems. After World War II, he completed his degree at John Hopkins University and became an industrial engineer at the Martin facility in Essex, Maryland.

In 1962, he transferred to Denver as a chief industrial engineer, and he was part of the team that constructed and installed the Titan I and II sites throughout the United States. My dad always talks about the company parties when steamed crabs were shipped in from Baltimore. It was a heavenly treat for all of the employees, especially for the ones who used to live in Maryland!

During his time at the Baltimore and Denver plants, he fondly remembers playing in the company golf league and the softball team dubbed the “Martin Bombers.” During those years, the camaraderie and teamwork was fantastic, and he made lifelong friends with his fellow workers. From 1978 until his retirement in 1982, he worked at the Michoud plant in Louisiana, where the external fuel tanks for the NASA Space Shuttle were manufactured.

Lockheed Martin has been a big part of his life and he is proud to be part of the greatest team that manufactured defense and space vehicles which made our nation strong.

Thanks Dad! You are the Greatest Generation!