Minnesota's last surviving Tuskegee Airman, Joseph Gomer of Duluth, dies at 93

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: October 11, 2013 - 6:44 PM

DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota's last surviving Tuskegee Airman, Joseph Philip Gomer of Duluth, has died. He was 93.

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whatzitOct. 11, 13 7:07 PM

I cannot say for sure that i met MR. Gomer, but I met a few of the Tuskeege Airmen and they all were tremendous people. At the time of my acquaintance they would have easily been into the late 70's and 80's and they were all ramrod straight guys who looked you in the eye and told you how it was. The passings now are so hard, there are so few of these guys left, black or white. I salute you sir and mourn your passing and grieve with your loved ones, we shall not see the like of ye again.

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dwain75Oct. 13, 1310:16 AM

I truly appreciate the sacrifices men such as Mr. Gomer, my grandfather father, and other great men made for those like myself to be able serve in the United States military. As a former Army officer from Mobile, Alabama, I SALUTE you and your family; and can’t begin to say how much I appreciate your service to the great nation of the United States of America, may God be with your family. Dwain

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ronbrewingtoOct. 27, 13 5:06 PM

Greetings...I'm Ron Brewington, a Tuskegee Airmen historian..While reading this article, I noted several errors: 1. Paragraph 1, sentence 1 - "Minnesota's last surviving Tuskegee Airman..." - Not true - Please note that no one knows how many of the estimated 16-19,000 participants of the "Tuskegee Experience" (1941-1949), who are known as "Tuskegee Airmen" are still surviving. No one! There is no way to document that number, as there are Tuskegee Airmen who didn't reveal their status as a Tuskegee Airman. Some have gone to their grave, with family members not even aware that the person was a Tuskegee Airman. This, and other factors, makes it virtually impossible to prove the statement of being the "last surviving Tuskegee Airman" in Minnesota or any other state. Please note that the operative word should be the last "known" surviving Tuskegee Airman. 2. Paragraph 13, sentence 2 - "President George W. Bush presented the aviators with the Congressional Gold Medal." - Not true - At the one-time only ceremony, held on March 29, 2007 inside the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, President George W. Bush collectively, not individually presented the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) to all of the Tuskegee Airmen, not just the aviators. The 300 Tuskegee Airmen and widows who were at the ceremony represented all of the living and deceased Tuskegee Airmen, estimated to be 16-19,000 persons. These persons were pilots (fighter and bomber), navigators, instructors, bombardiers, mechanics, cooks, secretaries, crew chiefs, gunners, nurses, etc.

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