Governor Honors Tuskegee Airmen

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a
proclamation honoring the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

He said the unit of black fighter pilots fought both an enemy overseas and the enemy of racism at home.

Bentley signed the proclamation in a ceremony in his office Friday.

It happened the same day the movie "Red Tails" about the World War II heroics of the unit of black fighter pilots opened nationwide.

Two surviving airmen, Lt. Col. Herbert Carter and Oscar Gadson, sat beside Bentley as he signed the document.

Gadson said when he first joined the airmen at a time of segregation in Alabama, it "never crossed my mind" there would be a day when he would be a guest in the governor's office and watch the governor formally praise the unit.

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  • by a different view on Jan 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM
    I refuse to watch the movie red tails because of the previews I saw. They show the pilots speaking like a typical stereotype of black males today. Back then nobody acted like that, they were more grown up. Both black and white. They should honor them, that is good but I bet they wouldn't like to see their person acting and speaking like a bunch of ____.
  • by awesome on Jan 21, 2012 at 09:32 PM
    Here here
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