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Tuskegee Airmen

Matt Schudel

At the Jan. 20 inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president, a special section was set aside for a distinguished group of veterans called the Tuskegee Airmen. Now aging and disappearing fast, they were members of an elite group of black aviators who were not allowed to serve alongside their white military brethren in the then-segregated armed forces.

Avis Thomas-Lester has often chronicled the lives of Tuskegee Airmen for The Washington Post, including two recent Local Life features of William H. Eaton and Augustus L. Palmer. (She also recently wrote a wonderful story about a black women's Army unit that delivered mail during World War II.)

Today, we've learned of the death of another Tuskegee Airman, George D. Thompson, from Philadelphia. HIs life story is told in a fine obituary by John F. Morrison in the Philadelphia Daily News.

By Matt Schudel  |  March 28, 2009; 1:54 PM ET
Categories:  Local Lives , Matt Schudel , Military  
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