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Bearcat99
03-07-2006, 10:30 AM
Theopolis W. Johnson.... Tuskegee class 45B passed away in Atlanta Ga. He was the man who put this (http://tuskegeeairmencd.com/) work together.

These guys are fading fast. We all are doing our part to keep thier memories alive.


<span class="ev_code_RED">~!</span><span class="ev_code_WHITE">S</span><span class="ev_code_BLUE">!~</span>

Ernst_Rohr
03-07-2006, 01:06 PM
/salute

Godspeed and Godbless Mr. Johnson.

We owe all these vets a debt that we cannot repay, and it lessens us all as we lose yet another one of them.

danjama
03-07-2006, 02:07 PM
Oh man its scary how often these threads pop up http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

jds1978
03-07-2006, 02:20 PM
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Doug_Thompson
03-07-2006, 02:25 PM
Originally posted by danjama:
Oh man its scary how often these threads pop up http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

True.

Bearcat99, thanks. And my condolences. It's a sad duty you perform but we appreciate it.

Bearcat99
03-07-2006, 03:27 PM
Originally posted by danjama:
Oh man its scary how often these threads pop up http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Absolutely... and we all are here or most of us are anyway.. because it is more than just the "game". Most of us are here because of the history.... (Oooooo I snese another poll coming on.... ) and the men associated with it so take my advice.... catch all the airshows you can over the next 5 years.. make it a mission... because a lot of the guys who flew the planes we admire so much wont be around to make these airshows much longer..... so if you want to actually touch living history..... get involved now we still have them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

Treetop64
03-07-2006, 04:17 PM
I've always hated the idea that they called it an "experiment", but essentially, that's what it was. I think it's shameful, but these guys simply don't get enough attention in this country, even during the month of February. Many of my relatives (who are Black, BTW) have never even heard of the T. Airmen. When I explain who they are, they are absolutely floored, and question why they never even heard of them, even among those who attended college.

The only mainstream occurance I can think of that paid homage is the old HBO movie that was made years ago.

These guys, and many more, deserve more.

Bearcat99
03-07-2006, 04:36 PM
Sad but true.... sad because in every war it seemed up until that point anyway Black folks had to "prove" thier patriotism and "prove" thier bravery etc. That is IMO what makes The Airmen so special..... but look at the Comanche and Navajo code talkers.... look at the 442nd ..... the fact that these units had the love for thier country to put it all on the line inspite of how it treated them says as much about them and thier character as it does the country. The fact that they felt that change was possible and that they could direct it rather than simply go through it says a lot about this country... and many of us take that fact for granted.... We certainly have a long way to go... and to tell the truth.. especially in the climate of todays world, I often wonder if any of us will ever really get there.... but we have come a long way. Many more miles to go......

Rjel
03-07-2006, 06:23 PM
I read a statistic that 1000 U.S. WWII veterans die every day. That figure will only increase as the coming months and years pass. I think the thing I've grown to admire about the Tuskegee Airmen is the dignity they always seem to exhibit when doing an interview. Very professional.

wayno7777
03-07-2006, 08:04 PM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:

Absolutely... and we all are here or most of us are anyway.. because it is more than just the "game". Most of us are here because of the history.... (Oooooo I snese another poll coming on.... ) and the men associated with it so take my advice.... catch all the airshows you can over the next 5 years.. make it a mission... because a lot of the guys who flew the planes we admire so much wont be around to make these airshows much longer..... so if you want to actually touch living history..... get involved now we still have them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

Well said Bearcat, this should be made into a public service announcement and broadcast at least three times a day. (radio, tv and newspapers)....

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willyvic
03-07-2006, 09:00 PM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by danjama:
Oh man its scary how often these threads pop up http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Absolutely... and we all are here or most of us are anyway.. because it is more than just the "game". Most of us are here because of the history.... (Oooooo I snese another poll coming on.... ) and the men associated with it so take my advice.... catch all the airshows you can over the next 5 years.. make it a mission... because a lot of the guys who flew the planes we admire so much wont be around to make these airshows much longer..... so if you want to actually touch living history..... get involved now we still have them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yep, we are now one step further away from our past. It may be a fact of life but it is saddening nonetheless.

And I strongly agree with the importance of getting the story form the horses mouth, so to speak. At least getting their views of history as they lived it. Kind of like a family history.

I remember speaking with my Great Great Grandmother, 1864-1964, about her home in Louisiana during her childhood, about the "Cowboys and Indians" of the early west, about how she got along without a bathroom, radio, and T.V. And about a whole grunch of other things I was fascinated with as a youngster. I now wish someone in the family had recorded her views and memories.

Point? If you want to know what this world was like in the 40s and 50s, you better start talking to some of those old folks soon. WWII aside, they possess invaluable insight into our recent past.

WV