Character Corner salutes all the Black soldiers who fought for a country that did not (and still don’t) celebrate their great accomplishments, sacrifices and bravery during times of war. My father was a Vietnam Vet and he came home to no celebration.
I especially want to salute the Tuskegee Airmen who were a group of Black pilots that served during World War II when the military was racially segregated. Despite these adversities, these men flew their fighter planes with distinction - a high level of skill and success - in Europe.
The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America's first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism. They came from every section of the country, with large numbers coming from New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. Each one possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America at the best of his ability.