William B. Martin was born on October 29, 1924, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and died on December 27, 2015, in Greenville, North Carolina. His naval service began with attending Quartermaster School in Newport, Rhode Island, after which he was assigned to the USS ANN ARUNDEL, a troop ship, just before Christmas 1943. He served throughout the remainder of World War II and during the early post-war period as a Quartermaster 3d Class aboard the USS ANN ARUNDEL (AP-7).
Martin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University (PA), his Master's degree from Arizona State University at Tempe, and his Doctorate degree from George Peabody College in Vanderbilt University (TN). His teaching career reached across several states and he eventually settled in the Department of Secondary Education in the College of Education at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, where he retired in 1990 as Professor Emeritus after thirty-one years.
He has been very involved with the Pitt County Mental Health Association and both nationally and locally with The Arc of the United States.