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Old July 30th, 2011, 11:07 PM
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I found out this afternoon that one of my favorite high school teachers passed away earlier this week. I read his obituary in the New York Times and saw that he was a member of the Tuskeegie Airmen. That was something he never discussed with his students . I wish I would have known it years ago.
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The Tuskeegee pilots never lost a bomber they were escorting to enemy aircraft. They were treasured by the bomb groups that flew from Italy who uaually prayed they'd be their escort and when they'd show up, gave radio calls of great relief! One of those bomber pilots was George McGovern who flew numerous combat missions.

A phenomenal air combat group if there was one.

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Another one was the father of Robin Roberts from Good Morning America.

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Laura...my son prior to entering the US Air Force Academy was Blessed to spent an entire afternoon with Mr Roberts ...he also had spend time with Col. Archer (the 1st African American pilot to be named an "Ace" (5 documented downing enemy aircraft)..when the WW2 Museum first open in New Orleans they honored the Tuskegee Airmen and my son met everyone there..he understood the legacy and sacrifice of these brave men, that provided the opportunity for him to fly fighters and attend the Academy

if you ever have the opportunity to read the bio on General Benjamin O. Davis when he talks about the silent treatment that he received at West Point (no other cadet spoke to him for the entire 4 years) and how the Army tried to undercut "Mrs Roosevelt's Experiment" it's well worth reading

Todd..Col. Davis threaten to court martial any Tuskeege Airman who broke formation to go after enemy pilots...this feed into the myth that Black pilots were cowards in combat...the German Air Force knew the White American pilots would leave and use to "sucker" them into taking the bait and then destroy the bombers..the 344th was "requested' (not ordered, a big difference) by the bomber pilots to escort them over Berlin on the first big raid..once the Black pilots receive the P-51 with the drop tanks, Col. Davis gave them the go ahead after they finished their escort duties on the way back they could go after enemy fighters (which they did with a vengence)..the first American pilot to shot down a German jet was Col Archer (he bagged 2 in the same day0..quite a legacy
Henry..your teacher sounds like so many WW2 veterans who just didn't talk about their WW2 experience...that's why Tom Brokaw and friends did the "Greatest Generation" so they could record the bravery of these men for future generations..ever get a chance watch the movie "Hart's War" (starring Bruce Willis) which was based upon a true story about a Tuskegee pilot who was shot down and captured and placed in a German Stalag
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You'll fine that the "TRUE" war hero's almost NEVER talk about their experiences.... The Tuskeege Airmen were among the absolute BEST IMO. God Bless Them,,,everyone!

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You'll fine that the "TRUE" war hero's almost NEVER talk about their experiences.... The Tuskeege Airmen were among the absolute BEST IMO. God Bless Them,,,everyone!

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This is a very true statement. A true hero do not have to boast about his or her great accomplishment in life.

The Tuskeege Airmen were the best.
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Thank you Venice for that information. I will be sure to check my library.
Ken, I agree with you 100%
I do not know if my uncle was a hero because he never talks about his service much. He does talk a lot about being transported overseas on the Queen Mary. He still has the carved cabin numbers on his bedroom door frame at his home in RI. He still lives there alone at the age of 94.
He was a "cruiser" before many of us were even born.

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My husband teaches at an Air Force school in Montgomery, (he is military), and the Tuskeegee Airmen come and speak once a class. I have gone and sat in, and it was so cool to hear stories directly from the source. Truly a national treasure!
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KayAnnie..what a small world, my son the Major just graduate from there this June..I'll send you a "pm"
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