Tuskegee Airmen History

Over the last 300 years, African Americans have played a huge role in U.S. Military History, whether that be on the front-lines, in the clouds, or on the waves. These people gave their lives for this magnificent country. They all served under a commanding officer up until World War 2 when Benjamin O. Davis became the first African American Brigadier General in the Army. During the gruesome battles of World War 2, over 70,000 African American Soldiers were killed. In Vietnam 7,243 Black Soldiers were killed. The point is, that these brave men gave their lives in a time where they were unappreciated and discriminated against, but they continued to serve. In Tuskegee, Alabama, 1941, a group of young African Americans decided that they would go to war on a 2 front battlefield, one against the Axis, and another against racial discrimination. With the help of the growing civil rights movement, the Tuskegee Airmen Squadron was formed. They proved that black men could fight and serve courageously in the U.S. Army Air Corp. They set the stage for the integration of the U.S. military that would occur 7 years later in 1948