Duluth proudly honors 92-year-old Tuskegee airman

  • Article by: CHUCK FREDERICK , Duluth News Tribune
  • Updated: June 17, 2012 - 5:39 PM

Minnesota's last surviving member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen will be honored with a statue on his 92nd birthday.

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DufferHJun. 17, 12 5:58 PM

This article repeats an often-reported myth about the Tuskegee airmen. They were great pilots and worthy of all the praise they get, but it simply is not true that they never lost a bomber. There are many reports that can be cited. The following is from Acepilots.Com.=== "At least 25 bombers being escorted by the Tuskegee Airmen over Europe during World War II were shot down by enemy aircraft, according to a new Air Force report. The report contradicts the legend that the famed black aviators never lost a plane to fire from enemy aircraft." ==It is important to note that the Tuskegee airmen never made the claim. Their unbelievable story is proof enough of the great role they play in the skies in WW2. They are my WW2 heroes, and a model of a P51 Redtail sits on my desk.

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davehougJun. 17, 12 7:43 PM

Thank you for proving so many wrong on the abilities of non-whites. FYI Navajo Indians served as radio operator because their language was its own perfect code. Many also thought an Indian could not operate a complex piece of equipment like a radio. Turns out skin color does NOT affect the brain.......only prejudices.

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ndrep30Jun. 17, 1211:41 PM

To me Joe Gomer is a true American hero despite all the obstacles he and men like him lived through! (I could never imagine myself flying a fighter plane). These guys had guts! He deserves the statue which will be in his honor at our airport! Good luck Joe!

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