(Apr 06, 2016)
HARRISBURG, April 6 – The state House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution today co-sponsored by State Reps. W. Curtis Thomas, D-Phila., Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, to pay tribute and honor the Tuskegee Airmen on their 75th anniversary.
“I would like to thank my colleagues for their support in acknowledging and uplifting this dedication made on behalf of the skilled pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen,” Thomas said. “Today we celebrate their accomplishments, both on the battlefield and at home. I am confident the outcome of World War II would have not been what it was without these brave men.”
Thomas said he was honored to be able to help celebrate the first African-American fighter squadron on their 75th anniversary. The Tuskegee Airmen were established in March 1941 at the Motion Field airbase in Tuskegee, Ala.
“During World War II about 1,000 men participated and 66 were lost in the line of duty, which was one of the lowest loss records of any escort fighter group,” Thomas said. “This resolution holds a special place in my heart because my father was part of this contingent and I am so very proud of his service.”
At the time of the Tuskegee Airmen’s service, the U.S. military was racially segregated and African-Americans were subjected to Jim Crow laws that imposed racial segregation at public facilities in southern states.
“Despite the racial injustice present in their own country, the Tuskegee Airmen served with honor Read more