43 Forum: Famed Tuskegee Airman

My guest, Roy Richardson, and I talked about his being a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.  He joined the Army at 17 and was immediately shipped to Texas for training.

He was an enlisted grounds crewman.  The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air.

Mr. Richardson travels around Northeast Ohio teaching about the Tuskegee Airmen.

The show also featured a repeat portion of an interview I did with Tuskegee Airman, First LT. Arthur Saunders, who died on December 23rd, 2011.

Mr. Richardson and also talked about the new movie in theaters now 'Red Tails'.  It's about the many accomplishments of America's first all-black fighter pilots.

Both Mr. Richardson and First LT. Arthur Saunders were awarded the Congressional Medal of honor by Former President George W. Bush in 2007.

Those who were able, attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama when he was sworn in as President and Commander-in-Chief.

There are fewer than 300 Tuskegee Airmen still alive out of the 5-thousand who served.  Their valor and success protecting bombers helped lead to the integration of the U.S. military.