Hoosier member of Tuskegee Airmen dies

Hoosier member of Tuskegee Airmen dies

There are 2 comments on the WISH-TV 8 Indiana News story from Mar 30, 2009, titled Hoosier member of Tuskegee Airmen dies. In it, WISH-TV 8 Indiana News reports that:

One of Indiana's last living members of a famed World War II group of black fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen has died.

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Dave Browning

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Mar 30, 2009
Every now and then, those of us in this business get an opportunity to do a story that doesn't involve a homocide, robbery or any given combination of death, fear or misery. This evening, I had the honor to sit down with the family of a true American hero.

I have a brother who, in 1969, graduated high-school and signed up for the Marines. He did two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was amoung the lucky who made it home but to this day, I have never heard him utter a singlel word about his experience. I am not amoung those who toss out the term "hero" to just anyone who happens to serve in the military. That's a label you must earn.

This evening, I had the opportunity to shoot a story that honored a man who has earned that honor, Walter Palmer. This was a man who was expected to fight for and even give his life for a country who still wouldn't allow him to sit down with his fellow white airmen and have a drink. But he did what he was born to do and didn't seem to feel that the color of his skin was a burdon on him.

Mr. Palmer was a hero. My sincere thanks to his sons, Walter and Darren and his daughter, Janice Carter for allowing Karen and myself to come into their home during this time of grief so that we may have the opportunity to share with many Hoosiers their father's story.

United States

#2 Mar 31, 2009
I want to wish this family all the love there is, and want to let them know that I will be praying for them to have comfort in their time of loss. May God bless them each and every day.

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