Tuskegee Airmen Had Two Battles to Fight
Tate, Alysia, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Alysia Tate Daily Herald Staff Writer
World War II veteran Shelby Westbrook of Chicago remembers the day he applied for a job as a commercial airline pilot.
He had received a Distinguished Flying Cross and five battle stars during the war. He hoped to fly for United Airlines.
But before he got out the company's door, a clerk ripped up his application and tossed it in the trash.
Like every member of the all-black Tuskegee Airmen fighter groups, Westbrook, 74, fought two battles: the enemy abroad, and racism in the military and at home.
"People ask me, with all the experience I had, why I didn't get into the commercial end of it," says fellow …
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Publication information: Article title: Tuskegee Airmen Had Two Battles to Fight. Contributors: Tate, Alysia - Author. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: January 10, 1996. Page number: 1. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 1996 Gale Group.
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