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Gen. Charles McGee has gone west . . .

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    August 2021
Posted by goldhammer88 on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:32 PM

While I never had the opportunity or honor of meeting him, he was an icon for the services.  He and his fellow Redtails broke the ceiling for serving at all levels of our military.  We are all richer for it.

Rest well my Air Force brother, it is well earned and deserved.

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 9:44 AM

"Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men."

- Martha Graham

R.I.P., sir. Thank you for your service to your country and its citizens.

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Monday, January 17, 2022 12:30 PM

My first year as a teacher, I had a student whose father said that he worked as a ground crewman for the Tuskegee pilots in Europe. Rest in peace.  Thank you for your service to our country.

TJS

TJS

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Posted by patrick206 on Monday, January 17, 2022 10:49 AM

My next door neighbor was a Bombardier, B-17's, flying out of No. Africa and Italy. Name, Jack Barkovic. 52 missions, became an instructor until wars end, left service as a Major.

He was astoundingly clear on details of wartime service, he related the dismal surviveability stats at the beginning. Then the Red Tails began their escort missions, which made an enormous improvement in preventing crew losses.

Jack once said that untold numbers of bomber crews owed their lives to the Tuskegee Airmen. We were having some bourbon, he lifted his glass and said "to you, gentlemen," then he saluted them.

Thank you, General, I salute you and all of your fellow pilots. Good men indeed.

 

 

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Posted by mach71 on Sunday, January 16, 2022 9:03 PM

He did great things, and made it to 102!

Still he will be missed.

 

To fly west my friend is a flight we all must make..

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 16, 2022 8:34 PM

RIP Sir. Thank you for your service.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, January 16, 2022 4:56 PM

    Another one of the Greatest Generation has gone ahead. God speed.

    If the movie Red Tails got one thing right it was the unquestionable bravery and dedication to the mission, so many crews owe so much to so few.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Gen. Charles McGee has gone west . . .
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, January 16, 2022 4:38 PM

Gen. Charles McGee, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen passed today at age 102. General McGee flew 409 combat missions during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. A true hero!

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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