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last original Tuskegee Airmen Passes

Post by koimaster » October 19th 2020, 8:57am

The oldest surviving member of the original Tuskegee Airmen, Willie Rogers of St. Petersburg, Florida, died Monday. He was 101 years old. The Airmen were members of the first African-American military aviation squadron in U.S. armed forces history.


“He didn’t like a lot of fuss,” said Clinton Glover, Rogers’ nephew. “He was humble. That’s who he was.”

Rogers was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and served as a member of the logistics team in the 100th Air Engineer Squad and the Red Tail Angels. During a mission in Italy, Rogers was shot in the stomach and leg by German soldiers in January 1943. He spent three months in a London hospital recovering from his wounds.

On April 29, 1945, following Germany’s surrender and the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, Rogers, along with other American troops, took inventory of the camp.

Former President George W. Bush welcomed the Tuskegee Airmen’s 300 surviving members to the White House in 2007 and awarded each of them the Congressional Gold Medal. Neither Rogers nor his daughters, Felicia Rogers and Veronica Williams, attended the ceremony, and they didn’t even know about their father’s participation with the group until 2012.

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Re: last original Tuskegee Airmen Passes

Post by koimaster » October 20th 2020, 9:02am

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P-51, just about my favorite aircraft along with the P-40 Kittyhawk and P-38 lightning.
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Re: last original Tuskegee Airmen Passes

Post by koimaster » October 20th 2020, 4:32pm

bbattle wrote:
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I've gone to many parts of my home state, but Tuskegee hasn't been visited yet.

I looked at the airfield in Tuskegee via Google maps but did not see a P-51 Mustang on display outside. That's a shame.

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Re: last original Tuskegee Airmen Passes

Post by TemerityB » October 20th 2020, 9:56pm

Heroes.

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