Tuskegee Airmen Monument

Location: Walterboro, South Carolina

Webpage: South Carolina State Memorial

General Description: After leaving their training at Tuskegee Airfield, the Tuskegee Airmen were stationed for a few months at Walterboro Army Airfield for their final combat training before deployment in Europe.  The Tuskegee Airmen were the first all African American pilots to serve during World War II.  There was serious segregation while they trained at Walterboro which did lead to near riots at the Officer’s Club and many of the white flyers chose to take their business to a local country club.  The flyers learned to fly three different aircraft: Air Cobra, Thunderbolt, and Kitty Hawk.  During the war the Tuskegee Airmen numbered 1000 flyers doing over 1500 missions over Europe.  This memorial commemorates their valuable contribution.

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Impressions:

1) A very small monument with just a couple of interpretive sign that were full of information about the conditions at the airbase during World War II and the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen.  It also included information about the German POW that were kept at the base and worked jobs on the base, as well as, local farms that needed the labor.  It only takes 30 minutes to take it all in and was interesting if you are in the area.

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