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Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Prepared to Fight and Die

 
 
Prepared to Fight and Die Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 16, 2016
1. Prepared to Fight and Die Marker
Inscription. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site commemorates the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II—and to American society afterward. The site preserves Moton Field, where the airmen trained before going to war. Their courageous performance in wartime earned them opportunity and respect at home and abroad. Their efforts helped pave the way for military desegregation and for the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Like most of American society in the 1940s, the military was strictly segregated along racial lines. The Tuskegee Airmen served in separate units throughout the war. Despite these conditions and the skepticism of the military leadership, the molded themselves into highly effective combat units and served their country with distinction. The men of the 99th Fighter Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Group completed over 1,500 missions, destroyed over 260 enemy aircraft (112 in the air), sank one enemy destroyer, and demolished many enemy installations.

We all were prepared to fight and die for our country, and after the war . . . we were prepared to fight and die for our rights . . . I think that is the contribution that was made at Tuskegee."
George S. Lima, 2001

[Photo caption]
Aviation cadets watch their pre-flight instructor describe a flight
maneuver, around 1941. The Piper J-3 "Cub" behind them was used
to introduce the young cadets to flying, many for the first time.

 
Erected by
View of marker looking towards the Moton airfield. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 16, 2016
2. View of marker looking towards the Moton airfield.
Marker is the one farthest right.
the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 27.384′ N, 85° 40.907′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama, in Macon County. Touch for map. Located at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1616 Chappie James Avenue, Tuskegee AL 36083, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Tuskegee Airmen (here, next to this marker); They Came to Tuskegee (here, next to this marker); The Place Where We Learned to Fly (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Vistas (about 300 feet away); Ghost Structures (about 400 feet away); Hangar No. 1 (about 400 feet away); FIRE! (about 400 feet away); A Bit to Eat (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
 
Also see . . .  National World War II museum - The Tuskegee Airmen at a glance. (Submitted on November 24, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansAir & SpaceWar, World II
 
Piper J-3 "Cub", located in the Hangar 1 museum (similar to one on marker). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 16, 2016
3. Piper J-3 "Cub", located in the Hangar 1 museum (similar to one on marker).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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