Join us in urging your representatives and senators to support senate and house bills S.392 and H.R. 1259 in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first blacks to fly in the military. This bill grants the President power to award Tuskegee Airmen with the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. It is a well-deserved expression from our nation of appreciation for their courage and service. These veterans overcame racism to serve their country and the award is long overdue. The Tuskegee Airmen broke barriers to defend our nation against Nazi Germany as they battled racist treatment by their own country. Yet these men of valor fought in spite of the racial injustices because of their sense of duty to our great country. The 1000 black pilots who graduated from Tuskegee inspired revolutionary reform in the armed forces, paving the way for integration of the United States armed services. Of those pilots, 450 served in combat, 66 died in combat, while another 33 were shot down and captured as prisoners of war. The Tuskegee Airmen were credited with destroying 261 aircraft, damaging 148 aircraft, flying 15,553 combat sorties and 1,578 missions over Italy and North Africa. They destroyed or damaged over 950 units of ground transportation and escorted more than 200 bombing missions.
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Donna Johnson-Thomas, United States3 years ago State: Michigan
Country: United States
Comments: My uncle was 1st Lt. Earl Roscoe Lane of Wickliffe, Ohio. In memory of him I am signing this petition. On March 24th. 1945, during one of the Tuskegee Airmen's many bomber escort missions, 1st. Lt. Earl R. Lane of the 100th FS destroyed a Messerschmitt 262 high over Berlin.
Sangue Hales, United States6 years ago State: OH
Comments: My father was a Tuskegee Airmen. He is deceased. Is there a way for the family to receive the Congressional Gold Medal in his behalf His name was not on the list that was forwarded to me from another Tuskegee Airmen's son. I am in the process of acquiring his DD214 and I have his wings, medals, and pictures. He also knows former Congressmand Louis Stoke who I'm certain would vouch for him. Have you any suggestions on whom I should contact Sangue Hales daughter of Lawrence B. Johnson - Tuskegee Airmen
John John, Thailand6 years ago State: NH
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