Q&A Session with Tuskegee Airmen Follows Movie

Posted: February 20, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A special VIP screening of the movie The Tuskegee Airmen, followed by a question and answer session with three Tuskegee Airmen veterans, will be held in the Johnson Center Cinema on Friday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. The event is part of a World War II film and lecture series sponsored by Student Activities and the Program Board.

The Tuskegee Airmen formed a unit in 1941 and were the first African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Corps. They also served during a time when the military was racially segregated. The following veterans will be on hand to share a piece of history with the university community:

  • Woodrow Crockett: a member of the first black field artillery unit; flew 149 combat missions in WWII; fought in the Korean War; and was a radiological safety officer on the atomic bomb test in the Southwest Pacific in 1951.
  • Walter McCreary: his plane was hit by ground fire on Oct. 12, 1944 and he spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war in Germany at Stalach Luft 3.
  • Porcher Taylor Jr.: served during WWII aboard a submarine chaser and assault transport, and as an Army airborne officer in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Reservations are recommended to attend the screening and discussion. To reserve tickets, call the Student Activities Office at x32909.

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