Black Americans have played a distinguished role in this country’s military. One group whose accomplishments stands out were the Tuskegee Airmen.
While some people think the group disbanded after World War II, the 332nd Fighter Squadron actually remained active until the late 1940s, when the armed services desegregated.
In those years, the Tuskegee Airmen claimed another first as the winners of the nation’s first Top Gun competition. For decades, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James Harvey and his squad members were not acknowledged for the accomplishment, but now, the military is making good on that for this 100-year-old Black veteran.
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