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JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbThe story of the Tuskegee Airmen is one of the bright spots in the story about segregated minority military units during World War II. This unit was formed against the wishes of many of the Army Air Force leaders who thought that African American soldiers were did not have the intelligence to learn to fly. However, this group was formed and stationed in the middle of the Jim Crow south. They went through their preliminary training with the intent of “washing” them out before they completed their training.

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However, Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady, took up their cause. To demonstrate her confidence in their ability, she took to the air with one of the Tuskegee pilots. Following the successful flight, the pressure was on the training personnel to have them complete their training and be deployed to escort duty in the North African invasion, Operation Torch.

They served brilliantly. Although some of the white pilots refused to allow them to escort their bombers on bombing missions, they gained the reputation of staying with their bombers in the face of German Luftwaffe pilots who attempted to down the bombers. It wasn’t long before they were being requested as escorts by the bomber crews. As the war moved north to the airfields in Italy. They continued flying their support missions and excelled once they were equipped with the new North American P-51 fighters. These planes allowed them to escort their bombers all the way into Germany and back.

You may have seen the excellent movie made that depicted the true heroics of these Tuskegee Airmen. Surviving members of the group were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush in recognition of their outstanding service.

But now it’s time to get into our exploration of the trials and successes of these Tuskegee Airmen… GLB

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Quotations Related to Veterans Day:

    

“I had an idea of who they were, but not to the extent of their contributions.”
— Captain Gonzales

“The more I learned about it, the more I knew that (flying) was what I wanted to do.”
— Captain Edwards, Recruiter

“Their story shouldn’t be reserved just for February. Their story should be celebrated throughout the year.”
— Captain Gonzales

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Quotations Related to SOLDIERS

“A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.”
— Georg C. Lichtenberg

“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.”
— Thomas Paine

“Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.”
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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