The Brave Red Tails

First Tuskeegee Class

African Americans have had a presence in our military since the revolutionary war.  It is important to take a moment and honor those who have served during this African American History Month as well as remember the impact they had on our great country’s freedom.

The Tuskegee Airmen are said to have paved the way for military members of color through their selfless sacrifice.  Originally apart of the “Tuskegee Experiment”, they were expected to fail.  However these brave men went on to succeed with flying colors.   During the course of World War II, 66 Tuskegee pilots were killed in combat, and 32 shot down to become prisoners of war.  The Tuskegee Airmen shot down 409 German aircraft, destroyed 950 units of ground transportation, and sank a destroyer with machine guns alone.  To top it all off, not one friendly bomber was lost to an enemy during the 2000 escort missions they executed.

Not only did these brave men have some of the most remarkable military records in history, but they also advanced the American Civil Rights Movement by establishing the precedent that would force the American military to fully integrate by 1948, this is even before schools were integrated!

In the remaining days of this month of celebration, take an opportunity to remember these men who have paved the way for many.

 

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