July 18, 2008
How is patriotism measured? Is it in how well one recites the Pledge of Allegiance? In whether the American flag is permanently attached to the siding of one's home? Or in how close to perfect your attendance has been for each and every election (yes, even the local fire district's)? Service to country has been a reliable yardstick for centuries, military service in particular. By that standard, Philadelphia's streets this weekend will be walked by some convention attendees who are among the most patriotic Americans this country has known.
July 23, 1998 |
The pilots in the room, young and old, were there to celebrate the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, the black military aviators who, during the segregated days of World War II, escorted heavy bombers 200 times over Europe, and never lost a single aircraft to enemy attack. The success of the 996 black aviators trained at a U.S. Army airfield near Tuskegee, Ala., cleared the way for the desegregation of the U.S. military, enacted in a July 26, 1948, executive order from President Harry S. Truman.
April 11, 2000 |
Nathaniel C. Stewart, 77, a retired pharmacist for the City of Philadelphia who was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, died Thursday of prostate cancer at his home in Germantown. As a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, Mr. Stewart served with the famed unit of black aviators from 1942 until he was injured in a crash in 1944. Mr. Stewart was flying a P-40, a single-engine fighter, on a training mission when the plane's engine malfunctioned. "He used to tell us that his engine tapped him on the shoulder and said, 'Lt. Stewart, I'm going to quit right here and now at 6,000 feet.
May 9, 2006 |
They commanded the room as easily as they did the controls of their Mustang P-51 fighters during World War II. The three Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military pilots, sat up front yesterday at the Media Theater in Media while a film featuring their commentary played to a packed house of 600 instant fans, mostly middle and high school students, but politicians and veterans, too. The film, combined with a lesson plan, is being offered to...
November 3, 2011 |
When you think about World War II, military leaders such as George S. Patton and Douglas MacArthur often come to mind. But how much do you know about the Tuskegee Airmen? Now's your chance to learn about the first African American military pilots, who fought valiantly against fascism during the war. The African American Museum in Philadelphia is offering a free screening Thursday night of Double Victory, a new documentary by filmmaker George Lucas about the recruitment, training, and combat missions of the Tuskegee Airmen.
September 21, 2012 |
Henry L. Moore never stopped moving. Born in tiny Ocilla, Ga., in 1921, he was out by 19, after graduating at the top of Ocilla High's Class of 1940. He moved to Newark, N.J., to escape the poverty and racism that had marked his childhood. By 1942, he was on a bus full of draftees en route to Fort Dix, and by 1944, he was in Italy, working on B-25 bombers as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen - the first black aviators to serve in the U.S. military. Then it was off to West Virginia State University, where he earned a physics degree, and a career as a naval researcher.
August 26, 2000 |
When Roscoe Dabney and Ben Hardy met on a train more than 50 years ago, the two men - one a private first class from Lakewood and the other a master sergeant from Indiana - became fast friends. They went on to become military classmates in Texas and decorated pilots trained at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama during World War II in a premier program that produced a cadre of men who came to be known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Although the two corresponded over the years, it was without planning that they ended up living across the street from each other in Willingboro about 30 years ago. Today, Dabney and Hardy are among four Tuskegee Airmen from Burlington County who are being honored at a golf classic at Rancocas Golf Club in Willingboro.
May 11, 2013 |
John H. Grant Sr., 85, of Philadelphia, an aircraft mechanic with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, died Monday, May 6, at the hospice unit at Women's Medical Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Grant graduated with honors from Tuskegee (Ala.) Institute in 1949 with a major in aircraft technology. He served in the Army as an aircraft mechanic based in Guam, maintaining tplanes for the airmen, the first African Americans to take to the skies on behalf of the United States. He told his son, John Jr., that he believed the aviators never received the respect they deserved.
July 1, 2011 |
They were trailblazers and gave new meaning to "the sky's the limit. " They were the first black U.S. military pilots in World War II, known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Fifty photographs of the Tuskegee Airmen, who fought America's enemies abroad while facing racial discrimination at home, opened Thursday at Philadelphia International Airport. The exhibit, which will be on display through June in Terminal A-East, is a photo essay of seven decades of aviation history. On hand were four original Tuskegee Airmen, named for the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where they trained, an all-black unit of World War II pilots, navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, and others.
February 16, 1989 |
During World War II, a group of black fighter pilots gained the respect of the nation as they flew heroic combat missions. By the time the war was over, the Tuskegee Airmen had destroyed 261 enemy aircraft and had won a total of 95 Distinguished Flying Cross medals. At least 66 of the 900 pilots trained at Tuskegee were shot down and died during missions to stop Hitler's German army, but six of the world-famous airmen were among those honored Sunday at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station in observance of African-American History Month.