Give me my flowers so I can smell them!
Sandy Springs, Ga - February 22, 2019 - Cox Communication's Black/African-American (BAA) and Salute, Employee Resource Groups, hosted Four historical figures from The Atlanta Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen. The fun filled room of Cox Employees with some of their children witnessed an amazing experience. The icons reminisced about their personal experiences in World War two.
These men will continue to influence others and remain important symbols in History. To learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen's Atlanta Chapter and guest airmen, please visit the links below.
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Rev. Thomas Bristow, who enlisted in 1946 at age 17. He was assigned to the 477th Anti-Aircraft and then to the 100th Fighter Squadron, serving under the legendary Col. Benjamin O. Davis for the Tuskegee Airmen. He was later made Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the entire Sheet Metal Shop and promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1949 prior to being discharged.
“My philosophy is..give me my flowers so I can smell them!"
Lt. Colonel Edgar Lewis, first African-American B-52 command pilot in the US Air Force, flew over 200 missions in Viet Nam.
"..Because I look like something, I can not do something...? It is time for us to stop that. You young people need to change."
Major Hillard W. Pouncy Jr., received the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of service with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War ll. Hillard also served with the New York air National Guard and retired as a Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
"Maybe these black guys can fly. They're pretty good athletes and flying is two things...it's brains and its physical. When they gave these black guys airplanes, they flew them and they flew them well!"
Technical Sergeant Val Archer, enlisted at the early age of 15. He joined the Army Air Corps and served with the Tuskegee Airmen. He was a specialist on P-47’s and C-47’s, and he also received the Congressional Gold Medal.
"as a youngster, I just wanted to be a part of the service."
"Our training was segregated, they always put the whites behind us."