A Tuskegee Airman's Life of Flight and Service
TONY COX, host:
And we close today, remembering a man who was willing to give everything to a country that considered him a second-class citizen. Former Tuskegee airman Louis G. Hill Jr. died last week at the age of 90. Hill enlisted in the Army Air Corps in September 1941 and trained at the now famous program for black fliers based in Tuskegee, Alabama. He earned his wings as a B-25 bomber pilot in 1944 but the war ended before he saw action. His wife Vilma told the Associated Press that her husband and his flying buddies have shaken things up in officer training school. They insisted on sitting with their fellow white officers in the segregated cafeteria.
In later life, Louis Hill became a high school teacher. He proudly kept the medal by his hospital bed that he received from President Bush, who honored the Tuskegee airmen at a Capitol ceremony. A memorial service is to be held on May 10th.
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