A pilot who fought Germans in WWII, was shot down, captured and survived to tell about it, met virtually with deployed Airmen at the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Feb. 17.
Retired Lt. Col. Harold Brown is a founding member of the 332nd AEW, the segregated wing made famous by the Tuskegee Airmen whose exemplary record helped spur the racial integration of the armed forces in July 1948.
In honor of Black History Month, the wing diversity and inclusion council arranged for Brown to call into a gathering of Airmen who asked him questions for an hour.
“As a person of color during that era, what were some of the most significant challenges you faced?,” asked Airman 1st Class Ayaii Houston.
“Well,” he said with a chuckle, “you have to understand in those days we had a totally segregated society. Not only was it by law but it was by tradition.”
He went on to say that in his eyes it was “simply the way it was” and he accepted it.
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