Stars and Stripes stripes.com 09 Jan, 2021 09:00 am

Member of famed Tuskegee Airmen dies at 100 from coronavirus

Member of famed Tuskegee Airmen dies at 100 from coronavirus
Theodore "Ted" Lumpkin Jr., a member of the Tuskegee Airmen whose service as a member of the all- Black unit during World War II helped desegregate the U.S. military, has died at age 100.

Member of famed Tuskegee Airmen dies at 100 from coronavirus Los Angeles resident Ted Lumpkin, shown in this 2008 photo, was an intelligence officer with the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II., a member of the Tuskegee Airmen whose service as a member of the all- Black unit during World War II helped desegregate the U.Although Lumpkin played a role in changing the military's culture, his family knew only that he served during WWII, not that he was one of the fabled Tuskegee Airmen." when the announcer introduced members of the Tuskegee Airmen.

" The Tuskegee Airmen received the highest civilian recognition in 2007 with the Congressional Gold Medal.Now, only eight original Tuskegee combat pilots and several support personnel are still alive, said Rick Sinkfield of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

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