STEUBENVILLE — The newest addition to the City of Murals, “Tuskegee Airmen – The Red Tails,” will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Sunday at the mural site on Washington between Fourth and Fifth streets.
The mural depicts Steubenville’s own Jerome and John “Ellis” Edwards, who served in the famous African American combat group during World War II.
Jerome Edwards lost his life on a training mission in 1943, but his brother John “Ellis” was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after singlehandedly shooting down two German Messerschmitts on May 1, 1945. He also earned Air Medals with Oak Leaf Clusters and, as part of the 332nd Fighter Group, a Presidential Unit citation for the combat skills of its pilots. John “Ellis,” who died in 1979, went on to fly multiple combat missions in an F86 Sabre Jet during the Korean War.
“This is a part of everyone’s history,” explained Jerry Barilla, who initiated the project as part of the Steubenville Visitor Center. “But it is especially significant for our African American community who are rightfully proud of these heroes.”
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LAS CRUCES - One of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen got an early birthday present when two motorcycle clubs gathered at his modest home in a neighborhood off Triviz Drive on Saturday.
The Airborne Motorcycle Club and the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club came to Las Cruces to celebrate the 103rd birthday of James Clayton Flowers and to honor his service in the first African American fighter pilot squadron in the United States military.
Flowers, whose actual birthday isn't until Christmas, said he was honored to host the clubs and enjoy sandwiches and ice cream with friends and fellow military veterans.
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Col. Charles Mcgee first time viewing his 1945 photo from Italy in Hangar 2! We love when we get to host our Airmen in the place where it began! March 30th, 2019.
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