Remembering the Tuskegee Airmen
Today I’m remembering the veterans who have served in the United States armed forces. I am especially reminded of the 332nd Fighter Group of the US Army Air Corps, also known as the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military pilots and were a valuable contribution to US war efforts beginning with World War II.
Over the years, this dedicated group of men flew 1,578 missions. They were also awarded many prestigious medals, including eight purple hearts.
Lt. Col. Herbert Carter was one of the original 33 pilots in the Tuskegee Airmen program. He served until 1969 and worked tirelessly to overcome racial stereotypes. Carter passed away on November 8th of this year at the age of 95.
Today, let’s reflect on the families of those who served—and died—in protecting our country.