Rafe Martin is an author and internationally acclaimed storyteller. His father, Arthur P. Martin, was a navigator who flew search and rescue missions over “The Hump,” a nickname for the Himalayan mountains, as part of “Blackie’s Gang” during the war. Rafe lives in Rochester, New York, and is a lay teacher of Zen Buddhism.
In this interview, Rafe focuses on memories of his father and his role in “Blackie’s Gang” during the war. Rafe connects hearing his father’s stories about the war and interacting with Asian cultures to his own experiences with storytelling and his decision to live by the principles of Buddhism.
Narrator: Rafe Martin
Interviewer: Celeste Schantz Kovachi
Archival Processor: Katy Shenk
Copyeditor: Erica Fugger
Date: May 21, 2018
Location: Rochester, New York
Session Number: 1
Contributor: Newark Public Library
Project: National Home Front Project
Accession Number: RafeMartin_HFN-OH_052118