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The Oldest Living Tuskegee Airman is Honored with a Congressional Medal of Honor

The oldest living Tuskegee airman in the United States has been honored.  He had to wait until he was 97 years old, but he is finally being recognized for his heroics during World War II.

Brew Graham of Georgia has been given the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award given by the president and Congress.  This is a new thing for Graham, since he has not been recognized in previous ceremonies for the airmen.

The release of the film “Red Tails” allowed Graham to get the recognition he deserved after his wife Evelyn reached out to have her husband honored.

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4 Responses to The Oldest Living Tuskegee Airman is Honored with a Congressional Medal of Honor

  1. wendy Reply

    August 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Bless

  2. Ron Brewington Reply

    August 21, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Greetings…While reading the article, “The Oldest Living Tuskegee Airman Is Honored With A Congressional Medal of Honor,” I noted several errors.

    The errors are:

    1. Paragraph 1 – “The oldest living Tuskegee Airman in the United States…” – Not true – At 97, Brew Graham is not America’s oldest Tuskegee Airman. According to our records, that honor goes to documented original Tuskegee Airman (DOTA) Walter P. Crenshaw, who lives in Torrance, CA (Los Angeles area). Crenshaw is 102 years old. He was recently honored with a Congressional Gold Medal bronze replica. Please see below links:

    http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_21148933?source=pkg

    http://www.ourweekly.com/tags/walter-crenshaw

    It is possible that Graham may be the oldest known Tuskegee Airman in Georgia. But no one knows how many of the estimated 16-19,000 participants of the “Tuskegee Experience” (1941-1949) called DOTAs are still living, so it is estimated that Crenshaw is the oldest known surviving Tuskegee Airman in America. I have not heard of anyone older that Crenshaw.

    2. Paragraph 2 – “…has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor…” – Note true – No African American was ever awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during WWII. Please see above link:

    http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/mohb.html

    On March 29, 2007, all of the estimated 16-19,000 participants of the “Tuskegee Experience,” known as Tuskegee Airmen, were collectively, not individually awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) in a ceremony held inside the U. S. Rotunda. The 300 Tuskegee Airmen and widows who were present represented all of the Tuskegee Airmen. Following the ceremony, the one and only Tuskegee Airmen CGM was taken to the Smithsonian Institute (Air & Space Museum), where it currently still sits. (please click on below link for article)

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-03-29-899965304_x.htm

    What Rep. David Scott presented to documented original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTA) Brew Graham was a CGM bronze replica. The presentation of the CGM replica by a member of Congress has been held dozens of times since the original CGM was presented to the Tuskegee Airmen. in 2007. It is super publicity for the Tuskegee Airmen, the recipient and of course, the member of Congress. Please click on the below link to see the names of all CGM recipients. Please note that it says “Tuskegee Airmen” and not Brew Graham:

    http://artandhistory.house.gov/house_history/goldMedal.aspx

    3. Paragraph 2 – “…he’s finally being recognized…” – Not true – Please note that when the CGM ceremony was held, all of the estimated 16-19,000 participants were simultaneously honored. But there were many reasons why all of the participants were not present at the ceremony, including illness, d***h, not able to attend, U. S. Rotunda space limitations, etc. At the time of the ceremony, I was the National Public Relations Officer for Tuskegee Airman, Inc.. a non-profit organization (www.tuskegeeairmen.org) that is known as the go-to organization for locating and knowing Tuskegee Airmen. I was responsible for the total compilation of contact information for the 300 Tuskegee Airmen who attended the ceremony. At no time was the name of Brew Graham ever known to me nor TAI because he was not a member of the organization, nor was he known by the organization as a DOTA. Please understand that not all of the estimated 16-19,000 DOTAs are members of TAI. I constantly see media reports of a DOTA passing and note that he is/was not a member of TAI. As an example: former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach, now broadcaster Tony Dungee’s father was a DOTA. It is my understanding that he was not aware of his father ever being a DOTA until after his father died. We hear this story many times over because not all of the DOTAs want to talk about their experiences during the “Tuskegee Experience.” Please contact me on this subject. I could go on for days and days. But I assure you that if I knew about Graham’s existence, an invitation would have been extended to him. It was stated in other press articles that no one ever bothered to get in touch with him.” – Not true – I can’t speak for other persons or organizations, but I can say that if his existence was known that he would be invited to that and many other recognition events. His wife, Evelyn, stated that he “remained under the radar for decades” which is probably the reason that Graham was omitted from any recognition.

    It is requested that the above errors be corrected.

    Please contact me for any questions at: 323-533-1036 or bron215@aol.com

    Ron Brewington, Tuskegee Airmen Historian

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