Tuskegee Airmen Honored

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Two World War II veterans who served with the Tuskegee Airmen have received Congressional Gold Medals.

U.S. Rep. Terry Sewell presented the medals to Elijah James Oliver, Jr., and Beatrice Muse Price during ceremonies Sunday in Birmingham.

Oliver was a flight officer and Price was a nurse for the nation's first group of black fighter pilots.

Sewell said the battle that Oliver and Price fought against racial discrimination led to the opportunities that many enjoy today.

Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen as a group in 2007, but members of Congress can present bronze replicas to individuals in their districts who served in the group.

Oliver, who's 87, called the award one of the greatest things that ever happened to him.


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