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RIVERDALE, Ga. - The oldest surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal
Thursday for his service in World War II.
He somehow fell through the cracks when other airmen were honored by President George W. Bush in a
With World War II raging, the Tuskegee Airmen proved they could do what most Americans assumed they couldn't.
They battled the Nazis on the war front and fought racial discrimination and bigotry at home.
Born in Mississippi, Graham was a mechanic. His friends told Channel 2's Diana Davis he learned to fly when the white pilots of planes he maintained didn't trust his work.
He flew test flights to show them planes were air worthy.
Graham didn't say much but thank you to Scott. He said he wishes more of his buddies from the war years were still alive.
As he presented graham the medal, Scott said he first heard about the airmen when he was in a segregated junior high school.
"Here you got people who didn't want you to go, who looked at you as
Nearly 1,000 black fighter pilots trained as a segregated unit at a Tuskegee,
The military fought the