As the number of World War II veterans continues to dwindle, learning what we can from them becomes more important. Especially those who fought not only our enemies overseas, but also prejudice at home. The African Americans who became known as the Tuskegee Airmen proved to be among the most inspiring. At 95, Richard Hall is among a small handful who remain. He shares his thoughts, his memories and wisdom about war and life.
Two Tuskegee Airmen who enlisted together in 1942, served together and continued their friendship throughout their lives both die on the very same day. Growing Bolder, inspired by their contributions to our country, was there to see the magic when several Airmen got together with a hangar full of students.
The Tuskegee Airmen have been immortalized for their heroism in WWII. They fought two wars, one against the Axis powers, the other against prejudice at home. Fewer than 50 Red Tail pilots are alive today, so we jumped at the chance to meet three.
Making changes in life is never easy. There can be all kinds of roadblocks along the path to Growing Bolder; the roadblocks of age, religion and race. Many back away from them, but others stand strong, Breaking Barriers for the rest of us to follow.
At a time when people thought blacks lacked intelligence, skill, and courage, the Tuskegee Airmen proved them wrong — fighting the enemy overseas and racism at home.