Tuskegee Airman recalls Truman inauguration

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the most cared for spectators at President Barack Obama's inauguration were the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military pilots.

Most of those attending Monday were in wheelchairs. And active duty members of the military gave them green army blankets and checked on them every few minutes.

The special attention was far different from how the airmen were treated in the World War II era. One of them, Homer Hogues of Dallas, says he marched with the segregated unit in the inauguration of President Harry S. Truman. Hogues says they were put up the night before in a segregated hangar with little heat while white forces were in barracks.

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