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Walterboro in Colleton County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Tuskegee Airman of World War II

 
 
The Tuskegee Airman of World War II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, circa May 2007
1. The Tuskegee Airman of World War II Marker
Inscription.  In honor of the Tuskegee Airman, their instructors, and ground support personnel who participated in training for combat at the Walterboro Army Airfield during the Second World War.

Because of their heroic action in combat they were called Schwartz Vogelmenschen, "Black Bird Men", by the Germans who both feared and respected them. White American bomber crews, in reverence, referred to them as the "Red Tailed Angels," because of their tail assemblies and because of their reputation for not losing any aircraft to enemy fighters as they provided fighter coverage for missions over strategic targets in Europe.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsMilitaryWar, World II.
 
Location. 32° 54.995′ N, 80° 38.262′ W. Marker is in Walterboro, South Carolina, in Colleton County. Marker is on Aviation Way, on the right when traveling north. Marker is about two miles NE of Walterboro, in the Airport Park off Rt US 17. Follow the Tuskegee Airman Memorial signs to the area. Touch for map
The Tuskegee Airman Monument image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 13, 2009
2. The Tuskegee Airman Monument
The Tuskegee Memorial was dedicated in May 1997 to the determined young men who enlisted to become America's first Black Military Airmen.
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 537 Aviation Way, Walterboro SC 29488, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tuskegee Airmen (here, next to this marker); Walterboro Army Air Field (here, next to this marker); Prisoner Of War Camp and Camouflage School (here, next to this marker); Walterboro Army Airfield (a few steps from this marker); The Beacon (a few steps from this marker); Anderson Field / Walterboro Army Air Field (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Walterboro Army Airfield (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethel Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walterboro.
 
Walterboro Army Airfield Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 13, 2009
3. Walterboro Army Airfield Memorial Park
Tuskegee Airmen Memorial seen in background at left of flagpole
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,680 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on December 18, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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