Tuskegee airman readies for honor

Tuskegee airman readies for honor

There are 40 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Mar 27, 2007, titled Tuskegee airman readies for honor. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

On his way from New York to Alabama to become a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, Walter Palmer hit a racial barrier in Washington, D.C. About time: Walter Palmer joked that he was happy his unit was being ...

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Jeffersonville, IN

#1 Mar 28, 2007
Congratulations to Mr. Palmer and the remaining survivors. My son and I got to meet Tuskegee Airmen at Black Expo two years ago. They were a delight and took great pleasure in telling the kids about their work. We also got our Tuskegee Airmen dolls signed!!! Another great reason to visit the Smithsonian. Maybe the smaller copy will be on display somewhere here in Indy in the future.


Since: Jan 07


#2 Mar 28, 2007
I have met Mr. Palmer and know his son.

A quiet, unassuming man, you would never suspect his outstanding and heroic contribution to America.

From One Old Vet to another, Thank You for your service. Guys like you made America great!
John Q Public

United States

#3 Mar 28, 2007
It is about time. I wonder what other units from the same era should also get the recognition they so rightly deserve. I salute you all
Indy Vet

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Mar 28, 2007
Congratulations. Better late than never. It's a shame that several of the Airman from Indianapolis are no longer around to receive this hornor( Rayfield Anderson, Donald Anderson and Dr. John H. Driver DDS). Growing up in Indianapolis i did not have to look to far to learn or see Black History, they were Black History. Along with Raymond "Turk" Stephens for Pearl Harbor. This is the kind of history that our kids need today.
Dennis_Daviess Co

United States

#5 Mar 28, 2007
From one vet to another, Congratulations to you and the rest of you airmen. You all did a great service. You guys are really outstanding people. Thank You for what you did to make so many other servicemen safe to return and fight again.
Old Timer

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Mar 28, 2007
My uncle was a flight engineer on a B-17 in Europe and was escorted more than once by the Tuskegee Airmen. Thanks to them and others he returned home and gave me three cousins. Thanks to you and all of the greatest generation..

“Global warming is a myth”

Since: Dec 06

I do not have one.

#7 Mar 28, 2007
Long over due.

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Mar 28, 2007
Well earned and well deserved.

It's sad that so many of our nations older veterans are passing away and taking their personal histories with them and not passing them on to future generations.

Since: Feb 07

Raleigh, NC

#9 Mar 28, 2007
The mission the Tuskegee Airmen were given, and successfully completed, was nothing less than amazing...it's one of the greatest stories ever told! We as American citizens owe them a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. Thank You to Mr. Palmer and ALL of the Tuskegee Airmen. You were and are the greatest.
Cubs Fan

Eminence, IN

#10 Mar 28, 2007
Mr. Palmer

Thank you for your service and your courage. Medal is long overdo but well earned.
I'm sure your wife is looking down and smiling. May God Bless

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Mar 28, 2007
I grew up as a friend of Mr. Palmer's grandchildren and was "raised" by his family and heard stories about the Tuskegee Airmen while growing up. I am proud of the Tuskegee Airmen and all they accomplished. Mr. Palmer, congratulations and well done, your reward is long overdue well worth the wait.
jim powers

Bringhurst, IN

#12 Mar 28, 2007
I know Mr. Palmer and he is a very proud man and I am proud of him for what he and the airmen did for this country.And is time they get what they have waited so long to get.
sorry but

Chesterfield, MO

#13 Mar 28, 2007
I would like to include Mr. Arthur L. Carter, Sr. as one of those men who will be receiving this award. He is also a Hoosier. I liked the article and congratulate Mr. Palmer, but there are few more that could have been included in here.

Manchester, OH

#14 Mar 28, 2007
Just more Politically Correct BS.

Here is an overlooked story of a true hero and recipient of the MoH: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

Manchester, OH

#15 Mar 28, 2007
"The unit escorted American bombers and were credited with shooting down more than 100 enemy aircraft. They never lost a U.S. bomber to enemy fighters."

The above statement is a blatant lie:

Over the five days, 25 bombers were shot down, though most were lost on missions where the number of bombers exceeded the number of fighters, he said.

"I don't think it (their reputation) will be diminished at all because of the achievements that they accomplished -- they don't really need that statement:'Never lost a bomber'," he said, adding: "No other group could have done a better job."

Yeah Right!


Manchester, OH

#16 Mar 28, 2007
Of course they have conspired to keep that lie alive for over 60 years!

Honorable? I don't think so!
Tired of backwards Indy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#17 Mar 28, 2007
Judas_Christ wrote:
Just more Politically Correct BS.
Here is an overlooked story of a true hero and recipient of the MoH: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...
Wow, leave it to some backwoods Hoosier to post something like this! It's people like you that make this award SO fitting. They were treated like CRAP by this country and still fought and died for this country!! Whether they lost a plane that they escorted or not is irrelevant at this point. Yes, they do deserve the recognition!
Jm West

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Mar 28, 2007
The Tuskegee Airmen also trained in Columbus and Seymour. In fact, racial discrimination came to an end primarily because of their "sit-in" at Freeman Field, Seymour, IN. President Truman signed the proclamation just a few days following the protest.

You can read all about it at the official site, www.IndianaMilitary.org , click on "Freeman AAF".

Jim West, webmaster
Jm West

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Mar 28, 2007
For Judas Christ:

What type of fighter aircraft did you fly in WW2 ? Were you on Pork Chop Hill in Korea ? What branch of service were you in during Vietnam ? Are you allowed in the VA hospitals for disabled American Veterans ? You seem to be such an expert.

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Mar 28, 2007
Judas_Christ wrote:
Just more Politically Correct BS.
Here is an overlooked story of a true hero and recipient of the MoH: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...
I don't quite follow what you are trying to say here. Are you attempting to hold up the couragous actions of a Medal of Honor winner to denigrate and downplay the actions of others?

Your logic in connecting these events should be interesting if somewhat difficult to follow...

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