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Near Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Charles B. Smith

99th Fighter Squadron

 

—(Tuskegee Airmen) —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2009
1. Charles B. Smith Marker
Inscription. Born in Westmoreland County, Charles Bernard Smith (1917-1991) is one of more than 140,000 African Americans who served in the racially segregated U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Trained at Chanute Field, Illinois, in aircraft ground support with the 99th Fighter Squadron, the famed “Tuskegee Airmen,” he served in North Africa and Europe as technical sergeant and crew chief. In more than 200 missions as bomber escorts, the Tuskegee Airmen never lost a bomber to enemy fire, and they received three Presidential Unit Citations. Their outstanding service contributed to the integration of America’s armed forces by President Harry S. Truman in 1948.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JT 21.)
 
Location. 38° 11.782′ N, 77° 0.336′ W. Marker is near Colonial Beach, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from James Monroe Highway (Virginia Route 205) 0.2 miles south of Ferry Landing (Virginia Route 638), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located south of the baseball field parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured
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By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2009
2. Charles B. Smith Marker
as the crow flies. History at Oak Grove (approx. one mile away); Westmoreland Association (approx. one mile away); Bristol Iron Works (approx. 2.3 miles away); King George County / Westmoreland County (approx. 2.4 miles away); Soldier - Statesman President James Monroe (approx. 3.2 miles away); Birthplace of Monroe (approx. 3.3 miles away); James Monroe (approx. 3.3 miles away); Birthplace of James Monroe (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Beach.
 
Also see . . .  Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. National Park Service (Submitted on September 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansHeroesWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 880 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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