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3 Tuskegee Airmen lauded on Senate floor

Two Hawaii residents are among those recognized for their service in World War II

By Associated Press


The state Senate honored Friday three members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the celebrated group of African-American combat pilots who fought in World War II.

Romaine Goldsborough, Philip Baham and Alexander Jefferson each received a Certificate of Recognition during the Senate’s floor session.

Goldsborough and Baham are both Hawaii residents, while Jefferson is from Michigan.

Sen. Will Espero said the certificates are intended to show appreciation for the veterans’ service.

“It was such an honor to meet these veterans who faced so much adversity yet still had the strength to fight in the war. It was important to acknowledge and share their story and the contributions they made to our American history,” Espero (D, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point), chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, said in a news release.

The Tuskegee Airmen are members of the 332nd Fighter Group and 477th Bombardment Group who helped pave the way for desegregation in the U.S. military. The group has received eight Purple Hearts, three Distinguished Unit Citations and 14 Bronze Stars.

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serious wrote:
They are a rare breed--I am happy for them and give them a lot of respect. I was an AF pilot for 20 years, flew well over 10,000 hours had 22 different assignments, flew with hundreds of other pilots but I have never seen a black pilot. Has anyone?
on March 2,2013 | 05:12AM
tiki886 wrote:
I just viewed the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen this week in "Dogfights" on the Military History Channel. Very impressive and inspiring. AF, during Vietnam? So you weren't on a carrier? Clark AFB or Anderson in Guam?
on March 2,2013 | 06:08AM
serious wrote:
I spent a year in VN flying AC-119K gunships, two years on Anderson flying WB-50's into typhoons and spent many days at Clark and Wake and Midway, been to Johnston, if it has a runway in the Pacific, I've been there. Carriers are for Tom Cruise--kidding.
on March 2,2013 | 08:02AM
tiki886 wrote:
on March 2,2013 | 05:25PM
Mythman wrote:
was a Marine myself and served with numerous persons with dark skin and never noticed it a bit when the flak started flying and neither did they.....
on March 2,2013 | 01:28PM
false wrote:
Thank you for Honoring these great examples of rising above and representing their people well. They are an inspiration for all of us.
on March 2,2013 | 06:43AM
allie wrote:
on March 3,2013 | 07:35AM
false wrote:
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on March 2,2013 | 07:44AM
kahu808 wrote:
You should read Daniel Gibran's book "The 92nd Infantry Division and the Italian Campaign in World War II" and know why the division was dysfunctional. If you've ever researched General Almond, you would also know that he was part of the problem.
on March 2,2013 | 01:48PM
cojef wrote:
Another segregated ethnic group that proved its mettle durring WWII. However, politicians and other Government officials were loathe to recognize the heroic efforts put forth by these groups. Not until long after the conflict were their heroics recognized. Why? One can only surmise the apathy that permeated among the military brass during this time of our history. as the root cause of the non-recognition. Was kind in the use of the word apathy, instead of racist.
on March 2,2013 | 08:32AM
serious wrote:
I understand, if you ever go to the massive graveyard at Normandy and look at the ages of the fallen solders--16-17-18 years old who fought for what? We, sir, I know I did, we didn't bother about race, religion or whatever--yes, I was an officer at the end, but I did the KP and the rough stuff--we all did, we had a common cause. Let's not get into race. Most of the peopleI served with were jews. They fought. We had in those days southerners and northerners--that was a language problem--kidding of course. Family neighbors--hey we all have red blood!!
on March 2,2013 | 09:48AM
kuroiwaj wrote:
The Princess Pauahi Bishop Museum will have "The" Congressional Gold Medal on display from March 9 through April 14. This is the similar American award recognizing the WWII Tuskegee Airmen, the Women in the Air Force, and the Native American Code Talkers. The award displayed at the Bishop Museum was awarded to the men and women who were Americans of Japanese ancestry serving in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligance Service prior to and during WWII. This includes the AJA's of the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion and the 171st Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Shelby. All those men and women WWII veterans were of a special and rare breed, and made America a better place for all of us today. Mahalo to all of them.
on March 2,2013 | 10:45AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Romaine Goldsborough, Philip Baham and Alexander Jefferson. Thank you gentlemen for your service to our country and for keeping our nation free. This is a long, long overdue recognition.
on March 2,2013 | 04:31PM
allie wrote:
Great men!
on March 3,2013 | 07:34AM
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