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LtCol Hardy - Tuskegee Airman

    George Hardy of Sarasota, Fla. was a Tuskegee Airman. The retired lieutenant colonel began his military career as a member of the all-black 99th Fighter Squadron, flying 21 combat missions over Germany during the final         two months before V-E Day in World War II in a P-51 “Mustang” fighter plane.
    By the time he completed his 28-year military career, Hardy had not only flown a fighter in the Second World War, he had flown 45 additional combat missions as co-pilot of a B-29 “Superfortress” bomber during the Korean War and finished up flying 70 more missions as the pilot of a AC-119 “Stinger” Gunship in Vietnam.                        He has been on the cutting edge of the integration battle in this country for most of his 84 years. After graduating from a Philadelphia high school at 17 in 1942, Hardy joined the U.S. Army and immediately qualified for cadet training at the all-black Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

Dr. Eugene J. Richardson, Jr. Pilot, class 45A

Eugene J. Richardson Jr. was born on September 18, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. His early education took place primarily in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Richardson served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a member of the group that became known as the TUSKEGEE AIRMEN. Eugene was living in Camden, NJ., when he earned the status of Pre Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corps. He entered active duty in October 1943, at Keesler Field, Mississipi for basic military training. In February, 1944 Eugene went to Tuskegee, Alabama for pilot training and subsequently received his pilot's wings and officer's commission on March 11, 1945, with class 45A.

Richardson served in the armed forces as a Tuskegee Airman before returning to civilian life in Philadelphia and enrolling in Temple University on the GI Bill. He landed in the field of education where he would eventually serve as an assistant principal and as a principal.

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