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Posted March 14, 2012
He was all of 22 years when he was awarded the DFC. He was a very quiet young man (I now know why) and never, ever mentioned his life as a Tuskegee Airman. Although I was in their home so often as a young child and teenager (in the '40s), I never knew of his exploits and only learned of them a few years ago. I am so proud of him, even if so much later in life and to have known him personally. The movie "Red Tails", produced by George Lucas, is their story and is worthy of being seen. Heroes who endured so much ignominy before serving so well at what they were trained to do. For the ignominy alone, they were heroes. I tear up when I think of "Charlie" receiving the same medal first awarded to Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh. God rest your soul, Charlie. If only you knew your story was being told in theaters across the land and in books such as this one.
And may God bless you for being so humble and for never seeking praise. We never knew. But you are being highly honored publicly....now. And we thank you....belatedly
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