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Updated: 10/23/2013 02:54:01PM

Alexander Martin

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Alexander Martin, 79, of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Brick, N.J., passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

He was born Oct. 31, 1933, in Philadelphia, Pa., to David and Anna (nee Arrelio) Martin.

Alexander served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot and he flew 256 combat missions during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired as a highly decorated Air Force Major with a distinguished flying career and received the Silver Star.

Alexander will be greatly missed by his wife, Cathy; sister, Marianne (Steve) Goldman of Port Charlotte, Fla.; daughter, Kelly (Joe) Capriglione of New Gretna, N.J.; sons, Shawn Rawa and Jason Rawa; step-children, Richard, Michael, Catherine and their families all of New Jersey; and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at American Legion Post 110, Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952. Memorial donations may be made to any Military Charity of your choice. To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guest book.

Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

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