Tuskegee Airmen Monument – Walterboro, South Carolina

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The Tuskegee Airmen Memorial on the grounds of the Colleton County‘s Lowcountry Regional Airport commemorates the heroism of the determined young men who enlisted during WWII to become America’s first black military airmen. Before being sent into action, the now famous African-American Tuskegee Airmen received their final months of combat training here, at what was then the Walterboro Army Airfield.

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The airmen trained everyday from dawn to dusk for three months before their overseas deployment. They learned to fly three types of planes: The Air Cobra, the Thunderbolt, and the Kittyhawk. The nose-heavy Thunderbolt – nicknamed “The Jug” – was the most difficult. Five men died flying it during training exercises.

During the war, 1,000 Tuskegee Airmen flew 1,578 missions which involved over 15,000 sorties. Legend has it that the airmen, also known as the “Red Tails,” never lost an aircraft they escorted over enemy territory. However, this is untrue. Yet despite their losses, the Red Tails had one of the lowest loss records of all escort fighter groups. Though these were segregated times, many bomber crews made special requests for the black pilots to be their escorts. In 1948 President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981, which called for the equal treatment and opportunity of people of all races in the United States Armed Forces. This action led to eventual desegregation in the military. Please read the Tuskegee Experience for more details.

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Address: 537 Aviation Way, Walterboro, SC
Website: http://lowcountryairport.com/tuskegee-airmen-memorial/

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6 Comments about Tuskegee Airmen Monument

Lindap Bell says:
March 5th, 2015 at 2:26 am

I am so happy to know of the Tuskegee Airmen and was honored to have one gentleman from Virginia speak to students in my school in Marion County, SC in 1999. His name was Sonny Knox!

GySgt USMCNo Gravatar says:
June 28th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

An excellent opportunity to initiate a conversation about the Tuskegee Airmen with the kids!

Jim BensonNo Gravatar says:
February 9th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Someone should enter the info on Google Maps. I went to Tuskegee Field where there is a US National Park now. Great place. Went to the Walterboro Airfield and the monument area but doesn’t show as a name on the Gooogle Maps. The Tuskegee Airmen were a great group of men and their contributions should be remembered and publicized. Jim, Retired USAF. Thank you for your rich history and your service.

Kay Fillman AllsNo Gravatar says:
October 22nd, 2012 at 7:46 am

Passed by this monument a few years ago and never realized its significance. Saw Redtails and I’m now totally fascinated at the history. Thank you SC for remembering these heroes and may God Bless their families. True Americans and so little known about their sacrifices.

Kevin James WitherspoonNo Gravatar says:
May 28th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Janice-Hill Graves, was your father a flyer with the Tigers and did he get deployed over in China?

janice hill-gravesNo Gravatar says:
November 19th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

My father, James Hill, was a soldier and stationed at Walterboro’s army air base. He met my mother in Walterboro and married her. I was born in Walterboro 4 days after VE day. My father belonged to the Flying Tigers.


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