Lt. Col. Eldridge Williams, one of the last Tuskegee Airmen, passed away

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Eldridge Williams

Eldridge Williams

On Feb. 13, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department honored “not only members of the Greatest Generation” but “the Greatest Generation Plus.” Three South Florida Tuskegee Airmen of the 26 surviving members of the first all-black military flying unit that was formed in 1941 were honored that day at Miami International Airport, reports the Miami Herald.

As of 2 July there are only now 25 Tuskegee Airmen left after Lt. Col. Eldridge Williams passed away at the age of 97 at his Kendall area home.

Eldridge Williams was born on November 2, 1917 in Washington County, Texas and moved to Richmond Heights in 1949. He retired from military service in 1963 after serving in World War II and Korea.

In this tribute video 94-year old Lt. Col. Eldridge Williams reminisces about his experiences as one of original Tuskegee Airmen in World War 2.

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5 Comments

  1. Maj (ret) Sharon Hunter Nikolaus on

    Apparently, Harry did not know Mr Eldridge. He was a dear friend of mine and I sat with the family during his funeral. Throwing race into a comment with regard to his passing is disrespectful. I served at the pleasure of several Presidents and am proud that the Tuskegee Airmen paved the way for me. The Airmen made it despite their race. They were tenacious, hardworking, and brilliant. Fortunately for me, I have relationships with many of them that I cherish.

  2. Bob Sheppard on

    Great piece. It is likely there are more than 25 surviving Tuskegee Airmen. The term covers the nearly 1000 trained as pilots, possibly another 10,000, who served in a variety of ground support positions overseas and on the home front. My father a surviving documented original Tuskegee Airmen usually refers people to the research done by the TAI supported historian Daniel Haulman. https://books.google.com/books?id=7pXzfqNAlsEC&lpg=PA70&ots=uSxmQWRuGF&dq=AFD-100413-023.pdf&pg=PA70#v=onepage&q=AFD-100413-023.pdf&f=false

    • I never had the privilege of meeting Col. Williams but as he was aTuskegee airman I think he would not appreciate that race baiting comment, if you had ever served you would know that those men of courage made our armed forces the color blind society it is today where you are judged on your character and accomplishments and malcontents like you are quickly asked to leave

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