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Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman

 
 
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By Pete Payette, June 24, 2017
1. Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman Marker
Inscription. Andrew Maples grew up in Orange and completed the Civilian Pilot Training Program at Hampton Institute in 1941. He graduated from the Advanced Flying School at the Tuskegee Army Air Field on 14 Jan. 1943, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, and deployed to Italy with the 301st Fighter Squadron. On 26 June 1944, Maples's plane went down over the Adriatic Sea during a bomber escort mission. While officially missing in action, he was promoted to captain and awarded the Air Medal. The Army declared him dead in June 1945 and posthumously awarded him the Purple Heart. His name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial in Italy.
 
Erected 2017 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JJ-34.)
 
Location. 38° 14.598′ N, 78° 6.737′ W. Marker is in Orange, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of South Madison Road (U.S. 15) and West Church Street, on the right when traveling south on South Madison Road. Touch for map. Located near the south entrance to Taylor Park. Marker is in this post office area: Orange VA 22960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Montpelier and Madison's Tomb
Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, June 24, 2017
2. Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman Marker
(about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Zachary Taylor (about 800 feet away); Town of Orange (approx. 0.2 miles away); Orange Train Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Orange Graded School (approx. half a mile away); Lee's Headquarters (approx. 2 miles away); Wreck at the Fat Nancy (approx. 2 miles away); Oakley (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange.
 
More about this marker. The marker was placed near the site of Maples' boyhood home, which no longer exists today. The marker was dedicated on June 24, 2017.
 
Regarding Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman. From the Marker Dedication Program:

Captain Andrew Maples, Jr.
332nd Fighter Group, 301st Fighter Squadron
(Tuskegee Airman)

While he was still a baby in his Mother's arms, Andrew Maples, Jr. (born in 1920), and his parents (Andrew and Julia Maples) moved to Orange, Virginia. He lived on Church Street, attended elementary school and Emanuel Baptist Church in Orange,
Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, June 24, 2017
3. Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman Marker
and in 1939 graduated from Armstrong High School, Washington, DC. From 1939 to 1941, he attended Hampton Institute, Hampton, VA, where he obtained his civilian pilot training. He was the first African-American permitted to fly a plane from the Hampton Base. He graduated from the Advanced Flying School at the Tuskegee Army Air Field and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on January 14, 1943. In June 1944, while serving as a fighter pilot in Italy with the 332nd Fighter Group, 301st Squadron, he was reported Missing in Action. The Army declared him dead in June 1945. Posthumously, he was promoted to Captain. He was awarded among his honors the Army Air Corps Medal and the Purple Heart. His name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial in Italy. His name also appears on a monument in Richmond, Virginia, honoring airmen killed in World War II.
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, World II
 
Capt. Andrew Maples, Jr. image. Click for full size.
By US Army official photo
4. Capt. Andrew Maples, Jr.
Photo included in the Program
Marker Dedication Ceremony image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, June 24, 2017
5. Marker Dedication Ceremony
Andrew Maples' sister, Mrs. Doris J. Walker (second from right) and other relatives, with representatives from the Tuskegee Airmen Association.
Marker Dedication Ceremony image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, June 24, 2017
6. Marker Dedication Ceremony
Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 24, 2017
7. Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 24, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia.   7. submitted on June 26, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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