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Profiles of Tuskegee Airmen

Take a closer look at the lives and accomplishments of some of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. New profiles are added regularly and will grow as the staff and volunteer of the CAF Red Tail Squadron continue their tireless efforts to research and share the remarkable stories of these important American figures.

Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Class 43-D-SE 4/29/1943 2nd Lt. 0801160 Greenville, SC Born in Greenville, S.C., Paul Adams dreamed of being a pilot since childhood. This dream was made possible because in 1940, the U.S. War Department asked the training unit to establish an experimental program to prove that blacks could become good pilots and flight instructors. As a ...
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John H. Adams Jr.

John H. Adams Jr.

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 never been up in a ...
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Rutherford H. Adkins

Rutherford H. Adkins

Class 44-I-1-SE 10/16/1944 2nd Lt. 0838152 Alexandria, VA Affectionately known as "Lubby" to family and friends, Rutherford Adkins was born to Reverend Andrew Warren Adkins (a former pastor of the Historic Albert Street Baptist Church in Alexandria Virginia) and Mattie Hamlet Adkins. Lubby's first ambition was to be an auto mechanic, but his parents insisted ...
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Halbert L. Alexander

Halbert L. Alexander

Class 44-I-SE 11/20/1944 2nd Lt. 0839082 Georgetown, IL First Lieutenant Halbert Alexander was 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 in the United States, ...
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Harvey R. Alexander

Harvey R. Alexander

Class 44-D-TE 4/15/1944 2nd Lt. 0828041 Georgetown, IL Alexander was born April 13, 1921, in Georgetown, Ill., the son of a coal miner. The family was so poor that Alexander, the second of nine children, walked to school barefoot. His family couldn’t afford shoes. But by 1944, as an Army lieutenant, it wasn’t shoes that ...
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Alfred “Chief” Anderson

Alfred “Chief” Anderson

Born February 9, 1907, Bryn Mawr, PA Died: April 13, 1996, Tuskegee, AL Referred to as “the father of black aviation”, Chief Flight Instructor of the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen Alfred “Chief” Anderson, was be immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp March 13, 2014. He was the first Tuskegee Airman to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp. When the ...
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Fred Archer

Fred Archer

July 20, 1921 - September 1988 Fred Archer was the first Black person to earn the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. There are so many unsung heroes in the world, and there are so many people in the world that has never heard the songs these heroes sang. They left ...
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Lee A. Archer Jr.

Lee A. Archer Jr.

Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809236 New York, NY September 6, 1919 – January 27, 2010 Tuskegee Airmen pilot and notable record holder Lee Archer was born September 6, 1919 in Yonkers, New York and raised in Harlem. He was a graduate of New York University before he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps ...
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William P. Armstrong

William P. Armstrong

Class 44-H-SE 9/8/1944 Flt. Officer T66139 Providence, RI It is an unfortunately reality of war that oftentimes loved ones do not come home. No matter the skill or training, many service members of World War II perished in combat. William Armstrong did not live to see the Allies liberate Europe, but his efforts as a ...
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Robert Ashby

Robert Ashby

Class 45-H-TE 11/20/1945 2nd Lt. 0843351 Jersey City, NJ Unlike a lot of Tuskegee Airman pilots, Robert “Bob” Ashby did not grow up building airplane models and wishing he could fly.  He was more concerned with getting around on the ground.  “I rode my bike and took the bus or subway to get where I ...
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Terry Bailey

Terry Bailey

Flight Officer Class 45-C-SE 5/23/1945 Flt. Officer T69972 Richmond, VA Before 1940, Black people were barred from flying for the U.S. military, Bailey said, but becoming a pilot was always his dream. "In high school, I used to watch the planes go across the sky until they were out of sight," Winston-Salem native Bailey said ...
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Lt. Charles P. Bailey Sr. of Punta Gorda

Charles P. Bailey

Class 43-D-SE 4/29/1943 2nd Lt. 0801161 Punta Corda, FL During World War II, many people stepped up to serve their country to help eradicate the hate that was fueling war across the world. Some families saw several of their sons and daughters join the fight. But the Bailey family from Punta Gorda, Florida can lay ...
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Howard L. Baugh

Howard L. Baugh

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, and all people of color, ...
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Henry Bowman

Henry “Hank” Bowman

A Tuskegee Airman who broke the referee color barrier April 14, 1921 – September 16, 1995 Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Hank moved with his parents to Minneapolis, Minnesota when he was just a youngster. Mr. Bowman’s 21-year military career began in the spring of 1941, when family friends working as sleeping-car porters helped him ...
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Fred L. Brewer Jr.

Fred L. Brewer Jr.

Class 44-C -SE 3/12/1944 2nd Lt. O824827 Charlotte, SC Tuskegee Airman Fred Brewer’s family would never see him again after he left to fly and fight in Europe during World War II. Although not much is known about Brewer’s life, we honor his service and reflect on his achievements. Fred Lorenzo Brewer Jr. was born ...
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Dr. Harold H. Brown

Dr. Harold H. Brown

Class 44-E-SE 5/23/1944 2nd Lt. 0830783 Minneapolis, MN Dr. Harold Brown has been generous with his guidance and support for the CAF Red Tail Squadron. As our RISE ABOVE: Red Tail program has evolved over the years, he has provided direction to program leaders, spoken in person many times to our audiences, and even hosted ...
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Arnold W. Cisco

Arnold W. Cisco

Class 43-D-SE 4/29/1943 2nd Lt. 0801164 Alton, IL Among the family and friends laid to rest in the Alton, Illinois, town cemetery, war heroes and brothers George and Arnold Cisco hold a unique distinction, tucked away unnoticed for decades. They both served in World War II as part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, our nation’s ...
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George E. Cisco

George E. Cisco

Class 44-E-SE 5/23/1944 2nd Lt. 01014831 Alton, IL Among the family and friends laid to rest in the Alton, Illinois, town cemetery, war heroes and brothers George and Arnold Cisco hold a unique distinction, tucked away unnoticed for decades. They both served in World War II as part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, our nation’s first ...
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Charles Madison Crenchaw

Charles Madison Crenchaw

African-American mountaineer and veteran flight engineer On July 9, 1964, Charles Crenchaw became the first African-American to summit Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), the highest-peak in North America. Prior to the historic climb, achieved as a member of a climb with the Seattle Mountaineers Crenchaw served as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. As ...
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Milton Pitts Crenchaw

Milton Pitts Crenchaw

January 13, 1919 - November 17, 2015 Dr. Milton Pitts Crenchaw was known as the father of Black Aviation in Arkansas. Born on January 13, 1919, in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, he was the first Arkansan to be successfully trained by the federal government as a civilian licensed pilot. Crenchaw attended Dunbar Junior College ...
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Clarence W. Dart

Clarence W. Dart

Class 43-J-SE 11/3/1943 2nd Lt. 0814826 Elmira, NY Clarence Dart is a decorated combat pilot of World War II. As a Tuskegee Airman, he survived being shot down not once, but twice, during his 95 missions overseas. As the inspiring stories of these groundbreaking black flying squadrons came out of obscurity with the release of ...
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Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

Benjamin O. Davis Jr.

Class 42-C-SE 3/6/1942 Capt. 020146 Tuskegee, AL On December 18, 1912 Benjamin O. Davis Jr. was born in Washington, D.C. He was the son of Elnora Dickerson Davis and Benjamin Davis Sr., at the time one of only two black combat officers in the U.S. Army, and the distinguished man who would later become our ...
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Robert W. Deiz

Robert W. Deiz

Class 42-H-SE 9/6/1942 2nd Lt. 0792419 Portland, OR June 17, 1919 - April 6, 1992 Born in Portland in June 1919, Robert Deiz set track records in the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard race and relays at Franklin High School and the University of Oregon. Diez was able to enroll in the Civilian Pilot Training Program ...
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Charles J. Dorkins

Charles J. Dorkins

Class 45-A-TE 3/11/1945 2nd Lt. 0841269 Baltimore, MD Photographer, cinematographer and author Charles Dorkins was born December 16, 1922 in Baltimore, MD to Christopher and Athie Dorkins. He graduated from Tuskegee Army Air Field on March 11, 1945 part of class TE-45-A, trained to fly twin engine B-25 bombers as part of the 477thBombardment Group. The ...
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Elwood "Woody" Thomas Driver

Elwood “Woody” Thomas Driver

Class 42-I-SE 10/9/1942 2nd Lt. 0792781 Trenton, NJ August 20, 1921 – March 26, 1992 A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Elwood "Woody" Thomas Driver earned his bachelors' degree from the New Jersey State College in 1942. He later earned a masters' degree in safety from New York University. Driver was one of the thousands ...
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Charles W. Dryden

Charles W. Dryden

Class 42-D-SE 4/29/1942 2nd Lt. 0789119 Bronx, NY “Chuck Dryden is a sincere, honest, friendly person who has fought the good fight throughout his long life and now, through the medium of his autobiography, desires to share its important details with all Americans but particularly with Americans of goodwill, who need all the information they can ...
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Jerome T. Edwards

Jerome T. Edwards

Class 42J-SE 11/10/1942 2nd Lt. 0793707 Steubenville, OH During World War II, many families proudly watched their sons and daughters pledge their service to their country. Some sent – and lost – multiple children to the war effort. For the Edwards family of Steubenville, Ohio, their two sons, Jerome and John “Ellis,” became part of the ...
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Leslie Edwards

Leslie Edwards

A special note of thanks to Jacqueline Covington and Diane Hamm for submitting this piece! Jacqueline is a dedicated CAF member and Red Tail Squadron volunteer. Both Jacqueline and Diane are members of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (GCCTAI). *** “Our ‘excellence’ is proof that those who believed in Black inferiority were ...
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Thomas Marvin Ellis

Thomas Marvin Ellis

The first enlisted administrative clerk of the 301st Fighter Squadron!  June 29, 1920  - January 2, 2018 More than a decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, a group of young African-American men made a statement of their own, overcoming racial prejudice and the racial stereotypes ...
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John “Ellis” Edwards

John “Ellis” Edwards

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 2nd Lt. 0835407 Steubenville, OH During World War II, many families proudly watched their sons and daughters pledge their service to their country. Some sent – and lost – multiple children to the war effort. For the Edwards family of Steubenville, Ohio, their two sons, Jerome and John “Ellis,” became part of the ...
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Robert Friend

Robert Friend

Class 43-K-SE 12/5/1943 2nd Lt. 0817584 New York, NY The history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen is inspirational to people of all ages. Their life lessons can impart a special meaning for people from all walks of life. From a child in awe of a red-tailed airplane, to the elderly veteran full of gratitude for ...
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Joseph P. Gomer

Joseph P. Gomer

Class 43-E-SE 5/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0804552 Iowa Falls, IA Tuskegee Airman pilot Joe Gomer was born on June 20, 1920 in Iowa Falls, Iowa. The Gomer family was one of only two African American families in their small town. Growing up, he was fascinated by model airplanes and dreamed of becoming a pilot. He worked in ...
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Leo R. Gray

Leo R. Gray

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 2nd Lt. 0835409 Roxbury, MA The CAF Red Tail Squadron has many special relationships with original Tuskegee Airmen, and we absolutely treasure them. These American heroes are unique, continuing to inspire us as much today as when they fought fascism abroad and racism back home in the era of WWII. We are honored ...
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Major Weldon K. Groves, Sr

Weldon K. Groves

May 22, 1917 - May 12, 2008 Class 43-F-SE 6/30/1943 2nd Lt. 0805985 Edwardsville, KS Weldon K. Groves was born May 22, 1917, in Edwardsville, Kansas, to Walter P. and Alice A. Groves. Groves attended the University of Kansas and earned a degree in biology in 1940 from Sam Houston College, Huntsville, Texas. He had ...
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Charles B. Hall

Class 42-F-SE 7/3/1942 2nd Lt. 0790457 Brazil, IN Many of those who served with the Tuskegee Airmen came home with fascinating and harrowing stories to tell. War was brutal. And fighting against racial segregation and discrimination was an unjust second battle to endure. The courage it took to persevere in that one facet itself is admirable ...
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George E. Hardy

George E. Hardy

Class 44-H-SE 9/8/1944 2nd Lt. 0838029 Philadelphia, PA George Hardy entered active duty in July of 1943. He began Aviation Cadet Training at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama in December of that year, and graduated as a pilot in September 1944. He received additional combat flight training at Walterboro Army Air Field in South Carolina, ...
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Edward J. "Skipper" Harris Jr

Edward J. “Skipper” Harris Jr

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 Flt. Officer T64625 Pittsburgh, PA 1932 - August 30, 2001 This amazing true story came to us courtesy of friend Regis Bobonis, Sr., a champion of the Airmen and a respected historian. “Mayday! Mayday! I am Silvertone. My bird just flamed out. Mayday!” “I read you Silvertone,” answered Captain Edward Harris of ...
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James H. Harvey III

James H. Harvey III

Class 44-1-1-SE 10/16/1944 2nd Lt. 0838153 Mountain Top, PA Harvey was born in Montclair, New Jersey, on 13 July. His family moved to Nuangola Station, Pennsylvania, in 1936 and was the only African-American family in that region. Harvey excelled in high school by becoming senior class president and valedictorian. He was drafted into the Army ...
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William H. Holloman III

William H. Holloman III

Class 44-H-SE 9/8/1944 2nd Lt. 0838030 St. Louis, MO The passion that fills one’s heart for aviation can be a powerful force. Since the age of four, William Holloman wanted to fly, and that lust for the freedom of the skies stayed with him until adulthood, leading him to a long and prosperous career in the ...
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Vernon Hopson

Vernon Hopson

Class 44-I-SE 11/20/1944 Flt. Officer T67146 San Antonio, TX Like many of those that went on to become pilots with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, Vernon Hopson dreamed of flying from a young age, even though he had never had the chance to go up in an airplane. Because of the deep divides of racism that still ...
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Frederick E. Hutchins, Sr

Frederick E. Hutchins, Sr

Class 43-D-SE 4/29/1943 2nd Lt. 0801171 Donaldsonville, GA September 16, 1920 – June 10, 1991 Information from the St. Louis Dispatch Capt. Freddie E. Hutchins assigned the same nickname to each of his planes: "Little Freddie." By the end of World War II, Hutchins was flying his fourth "Little Freddie." Hutchins of Donaldsonville, Georgia., graduated ...
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Lewis A. Jackson, Ph.D

Lewis A. Jackson, Ph.D

Aviation Pioneer - Innovator - Educator – Administrator December 29, 1912 - January 8, 1994 One of the lessons we can learn from the story of the Tuskegee Airmen is the value of having a goal – theirs was to be the firstblack American military pilots – and meeting it through sheer determination and hard ...
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Voris Stevenson James

Voris Stevenson James

Class 44-]-TE 12/28/1944 2nd Lt. 0839099 San Antonio, TX April 11, 1919 - December 8, 1946 Information submitted by his son, Alfred James. Download the full story! My father was born in Seguin, Texas as the only son, and fourth child, of LeRoy and Caroline after the James family moved there from St. Hedwig, Texas ...
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Daniel “Chappie” James Jr.

Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809244 Pensacola, FL “The strength of the United States of America lies in its unity. It lies in free men blessed and ordained with the rights of freedom working to provide, build, enjoy, and grow… Today’s world situation requires strong men to stand up and be counted – no matter what ...
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Alexander Jefferson

Alexander Jefferson

Class 44-A-SE 1/7/1944 2nd Lt. 0819461 Detroit, MI Tuskegee Airman pilot, POW and esteemed educator Alexander Jefferson has served his country with distinction, in the face of great adversity. Jefferson was born Detroit, MI on November 15, 1921, into a family with a rich history in education and religious leadership. His parents were originally from Atlanta, ...
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Morris T. Johnson

Morris T. Johnson

Captain Morris T. Johnson Executive Officer Division — Tuskegee Airmen - 332nd Fighter Squadron -100 Fighter Group Military Service with the U.S. Air Force January 1, 1942 to 1945 Captain Morris T. Johnson, Harvard graduate, distinguished Attorney, passed at age 101, joining the Lonely Eagles Chapter, 13 January 2018. Captain Morris T. Johnson was the Executive Officer ...
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Elmer Jones

Elmer Jones

As we know, not all Tuskegee Airmen were pilots. Many were support personnel, and in the case of Col Elmer Jones, some began their training as pilots but matriculated into other important support roles. Today we take a closer look at Col Jones and his respectable service, both military and civilian. The pilots that became ...
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Clarence D. “Lucky” Lester

Clarence D. “Lucky” Lester

Class 43-K-SE 12/5/1943 2nd Lt. 0817590 Chicago, IL February 23, 1923 – March 17, 1986 Clarence  “Lucky” Lester  was a fighter pilot with the 332nd Fighter Group, to which the 100th Fighter Squadron was assigned. The 100th Fighter Squadron was the second all-black fighter squadron to be established, created just 20 days after the surprise attack on ...
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Hiram E. Mann

Hiram E. Mann

Class 44-F-SE 6/27/1944 2nd Lt. 0830329 Cleveland, OH May 23, 1921 – May 17, 2014 Hiram Mann was born in New York and like many kids, loved to watch airplanes.  When he was old enough, any extra pennies went towards the purchase of balsawood models that he could build. He wanted to fly when he ...
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Charles E. McGee

Charles E. McGee

Class 43-F-SE 6/30/1943 2nd Lt. 08071 03 Champaign, IL If you’ve even seen our film “Rise Above” in the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, then you might recognize original Tuskegee Airman pilot Charles McGee. He is featured in the film encouraging a young person to ignore negativity, rise above the challenges and follow his dreams. McGee, a ...
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Dr. William B. Morgan

Class 45-F-SE 9/8/1945 Flt. Officer T70422 Yukon, PA Dr. William Morgan, originally from rural Pennsylvania, was a Tuskegee Airman and pilot who learned about the Tuskegee Institute’s aviation program for black men from an article in a newspaper. He volunteered for service to our country in 1943, making it into the first-of-its-kind program at the Tuskegee ...
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Nicholas S. Neblett

Class 46-C-SE 6/28/1946 2nd Lt. 02082632 Cincinnati, OH Two decades before Martin Luther King, Jr. led the freedom march in Selma, Alabama to bring awareness to civil rights and the difficulties faced by black voters in the south, the Tuskegee Airmen were paving the way for the eventual end of segregation. Original Tuskegee Airman Nicholas Neblett, ...
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Noel Parrish

Noel Parrish

A great champion: Brigadier General Noel Parrish “It is a discouraging fact that officers of the Army Air Force, whose scientific achievements are unsurpassed, and whose scientific skill is unquestioned in mechanical matters and in many personnel matters, should generally approach the problem of races and minorities with the most unscientific dogmatic and arbitrary attitudes...Whether ...
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Eugene J. Richardson, Jr

Eugene J. Richardson, Jr

Class 45-A-SE 3/11/1945 2nd Lt. 0841261 Camden, NJ Eugene J. Richardson, Jr  was born in Cleveland, Ohio September 18, 1925. His father was a minister and Eugene spent his childhood in a number of small towns in  Ohio. While living in Mansfield, Ohio when he about five or six years old he went with his ...
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2nd Lt. Robert C. Robinson, Jr.

Robert C. Robinson, Jr.

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 2nd Lt. 0835414 Asheville, NC 14 Jan 1923 - 25 Mar 1945 Robert C. Robinson grew up in Asheville, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Robinson. The senior Robinson served for many years as Manager of the Asheville and Charlotte District of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. 2nd Lieutenant ...
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Willie Rogers

Willie Rogers

Born in Apalachicola on the gulf shores of Florida in 1915, Rogers said humbly in a television interview that he was raised with the motto, “You ain’t better than nobody, and ain’t nobody better than you.” Rogers was drafted into the Army just two months after the U.S. entered World War II. He served in ...
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Mac Ross

Mac Ross

Class 42-C-SE 3/6/1942 2nd Lt. 0441129 Dallas County, AL 1912-1944 Mac Ross was a member of the first graduating class of five officers from the Tuskegee Army Flying School, was originally from Dallas County, AL (Selma) and not from Dayton, Ohio as often reported. March 7 is known around the world as the date Bloody ...
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Judge Richard B. Rutledge

Judge Richard B. Rutledge

The legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen by no means ends with their successful combat missions in WWII. Not only did their experience shape the civil rights movement of the 1960’s and the ongoing collective effort for equality, but the more than 10,000 men and women among the ranks of the Tuskegee Airmen used their military ...
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Dr. Fenton Sands

Dr. Fenton Sands

Defying expectations is a hallmark of the Tuskegee Airmen. It may seem unusual that a kid from the urban metropolis of New York City would emerge as an international agricultural expert, but original Tuskegee Airmen Dr. Fenton sands did just that, and much more. He would grow up to leave those crowded city streets for ...
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Tuskegee Airmen MSgt James Sheppard in 1944 in Ramitelli, Italy.

James Sheppard

In recent months we explored the importance of the Tuskegee Airmen support personnel in our blog, and even took a closer look at women in these roles. For every mission, many important players came together to create success through maintenance, training, flight skill and countless other crucial pieces of the puzzle. It simply cannot happen ...
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Luther H. Smith

Luther H. Smith

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 father – we are given ...
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Calvin J. Spann

Calvin J. Spann

Class 44-G-SE 8/4/1944 Flt. Officer T64642 Rutherford, NJ November 28, 1924 – September 6, 2015 Calvin J. Spann was an original Tuskegee Airman and fighter pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. Spann received his wings from the Tuskegee Flight School as a part of the graduating class of 44G. As ...
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Lowell C. Steward

Lowell C. Steward

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 channeled into vocational instead of ...
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Harry T. Stewart Jr

Harry T. Stewart Jr

Class 44-F-SE 6/27/1944 2nd Lt. 0835330 Corona, NY While still a teenager, growing up in New York City, Harry T. Stewart Jr. enlisted in the war effort and joined the legendary ranks of the Tuskegee Airmen. He earned his wings and commission in 1943, but his youth did not hinder his ability to become one of ...
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Alva Temple

Alva Temple

Class 43-G-SE 7/28/1943 2nd Lt. 0809256 Carrollton, AL September 5, 1917 – August 28, 2004 Alva Templewas born in Carrollton, Alabama and studied Agricultural Education at Alabama A & M University. After college he went into the Army Air Corp and then to Tuskegee for Pilot Training. He graduated in class 43-G and subsequently assigned ...
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Robert B. Tresville, Jr

Robert B. Tresville, Jr

Class 42-K-SE 12/13/1942 2nd Lt. 025761 Bay City, TX May 9, 1921 – June 24, 1944 Originally named Robert Leslie Tresville, Robert was born on May 9, 1921 to parents, Robert Bernard Tresville and Irma Eloise (nee Jones) in Galveston, Texas. They later moved to Fort Huachuca in Arizona where his father, an army bandleader, ...
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Leonard R. Willette

Leonard R. Willette

Class 44-B-SE 2/8/1944 Flt. Officer T62308 Belleville. NJ Leonard R. Willette was born March 17, 1921 in Belleville, NJ, the second of six children of Lawrence and Leonora Willette. Growing up, he was an avid artist, winning several awards for his art. He was a member of the track team and illustrated his high school yearbook ...
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Kenneth O. Wofford

Kenneth O. Wofford

Class 45-C-SE 5/23/1945 2nd Lt. 0842888 Springfield, MO November 22, 1922 - September 5, 2010 Kenneth Wofford, Sr. was born 22 November 1922 to Clarence and “Queenie” Wofford in Wagoner, Oklahoma.  He was a 1941 graduate of Lincoln High School of Carthage, the segregated school for Carthage's African-American students. Wofford entered Lincoln University determined to ...
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Howard A. Wooten

Howard A. Wooten

Class 44-J-TE 12/28/1944 Flt. Officer T67985 Lovelady, TX Perhaps you might recognize this familiar photo. A young aviator ready to serve his country in the air during the perilous times of World War II. His steadfast resolve, bravery and determination one of the thousand words this picture is worth. It is quite possibly the most iconic ...
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