Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809254 Los Angeles, CA February 25, 1919 – December 17, 2014 Born in Los Angeles on Feb. 25, 1919, Lowell Cedric Steward was the son of a railroad porter and a homemaker. Jackie Robinson was his childhood friend. As a high school student, he was […]
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Class 44-I-SE 11/20/1944 2nd Lt. 0839082 Georgetown, IL First Lieutenant Halbert Alexanderwas assigned to the 99th Fighter Squadron. He also flew as alternate pilot for the first Gunnery Meet in May of 1949. The then Chief of Staff of the Air Force sent a directive to all the fighter groups […]
Class 45-B-SE 4/15/1945 2nd Lt. 0842588 Kansas City, KS In 2016 John Adams Jr., then 97 years old, still remembered nearly every detail of his training during World War II as a Tuskegee Airman, the first U.S. military unit to allow African-American pilots to fly airplanes in combat. “I had […]
Class 43-E-SE 5/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0804560 Des Moines, IA Character. What we do with what we’ve been given. What we do in the face of adversity. What we do when times are good, and bad. In the profile of Capt Luther Smith – original Tuskegee Airman, engineer, patent-holder, community servant and […]
Class 42J-SE 11/10/1942 2nd Lt. 0793705 Petersburg, VA Like many children who grew up during the post-World War I golden age of aviation, young Howard Baugh dreamed of earning his wings and a seat in the cockpit. But a country mired by systemic racism severely restricted the opportunities for Baugh, […]