Friday, March 04, 2005

USM to spotlight Tuskegee Airmen

Two members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the first squadron of black fighter pilots during World War II, will speak March 8 during a spring forum at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Former squadron members, Colonel Herbert Carter and Major Carroll Woods, are scheduled to speak on the historic fighter pilot squadron that was the basis for a movie produced in 1995 starring Laurence Fishburne.

The group, which began training in 1941 in Tuskegee was made up the U-S Army Air Corps' first black fighter pilots. It also included other pilots, navigators, gunners, maintenance workers and ground crew. In all, almost one-thousand pilots would be trained, 450 deployed overseas and 150 would lose their lives in training or combat.

The event will be held at the Bennett Auditorium on the USM campus in Hattiesburg at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Katrell Nash at katrellnash@yahoo.com or (601) 266-2864 or the Southern Miss Honors College at (601) 266-4533.

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