Tuskegee Airmen Honored As Heroes Among Us
These American heroes successfully fought two wars - a battle against enemy attack overseas and a battle at home to integrate the armed forces. The airmen's heroic, successful and persistent fight pioneered civil rights before the Civil Rights Movement ignited in the mid-1950s. The outstanding success and courage of the Tuskegee Airmen was a contributory factor in President Harry S. Truman's signing Executive Order 9981 in 1948. The order officially ended racial segregation in the U.S. armed forces, which went on to become a model of racial integration.
The following original Airmen were with us on Wednesday February 4: George Giddings, John Roach, Charles Diggs, Harvey Sanford, and Willis Saunders, Jr.