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Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Colonel Howard Lee Baugh has died

Link to FOXNews.com

Lieutenant Colonel Howard Lee Baugh, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, has died. Baugh died Saturday at a suburban Richmond hospital after a brief illness. He was 88.

The Prince George County resident enlisted in the Army in 1942 and joined the all-black fighter group that trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

Baugh flew 135 combat missions as part of the 332nd Fighter Group’s 99th Fighter Squadron in Sicily, Italy, during World War II. During his career, he won the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. In 2004, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor.


Rest in Peace, Colonel Baugh…And thank you.


August 25, 2008 - Posted by | hero | , ,


  1. to the family of colonel baugh,

    i never had the pleasure of meeting him but still i am greatful that in my lifetime i could say i saw a movie made for these historic figures and that one was born in my homestate of virginia.

    please know that all african americans should be made aware of the things these gentlemen endured.

    col. baugh rest in peace and may the family be strong in their faith.



    Comment by daisy e. wood | August 26, 2008

  2. Thank you for your comment, Daisy. While I am not African-American, as you can see from the picture, I have great admiration for these brave men who overcame tremendous obstacles to fight for the country that treated them as second class citizens. I don’t disagree with your comment that “all african americans should be made aware of the things these gentlemen endured” but would change it to read “all Americans should be made aware of the things these gentlemen endured”. Although I am getting up in years I hope I live to see the day when we no longer have hyphenated Americans and all become just “Americans”.

    Comment by oldstersview | August 26, 2008

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