Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The Colonel George S. “Spanky” Roberts, USAF Memorial Bridge
Erected 1999 by West Virginia Archives and History.
Location. 39° 28.952′ N, 80° 8.766′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of Fairmont Avenue (U.S. 250) and 1st Street, on the right when traveling north on Fairmont Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. David Morgan (1721–1813) / Patriot, Defender (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boaz Fleming (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marion County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); A. Brooks Fleming House (approx. ¼ mile away); High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge Fairmont (approx. ¼ mile away); Attack on Fairmont (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
Regarding The Colonel George S. “Spanky” Roberts, USAF Memorial Bridge. Please note, while the marker indicates Colonel Roberts' career had a 25 year career, he was in service for 27 years. Colonel Roberts became the first African American cadet accepted for Army Air Corps pilot training in 1941, and retired with the rank of Colonel in February 1968.
Also see . . . . 1993 article by Jerry A Davis in Alabama Heritage with photograph of Colonel Roberts (page 40). “The Tuskegee airmen, however, had every reason to celebrate. They had proven to American society that no discrepancy existed between the effectiveness of properly trained black and white soldiers. Perhaps their success in action during World War II helped change attitudes towards integration in the American military; certainly their success brought about a strong sense of pride among those who served. Two years after the last Tuskegee airman graduated, President Truman ordered the desegregation of the armed forces, and (Submitted on August 1, 2009.)
Additional keywords. Tuskegee Airmen
Categories. • African Americans • War, Korean • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,034 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on February 25, 2011, by Lanelle Roberts Brent of Sacramento, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 1, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on November 21, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.