Elderly member of legendary Tuskagee Airmen robbed — then has car stolen when he asked for help
A member of the world-famous Tuskagee Airmen, the daring African American World War II fighter pilots, was robbed twice on Sunday night, first losing his car then his money, Fox2 reports.
The 93-year-old war hero got lost on Sunday around noon while driving to his daughter’s house near St. Louis. When he pulled over to call her, a man got into his car and took his cash from his pocket, the station reports. The victim, who asked reporters not to share his name, then drove a short distance, stopped and asked two men for help. Instead of helping him, they got into his Honda Accord and drove away, according to media reports.
The car was recovered Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The victim was unharmed but his cash is gone.
“St. Louis, shame on us,” Yolandea Wood, a board member of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., told the Post-Dispatch. “If you know the history of the airmen, you know they had the courage to overcome the obstacles. We need to treat our elderly, our veterans, with more respect, period.”
The Tuskagee Airmen were an all-black unit known for bravery and for breaking down racial barriers in the military, the Post-Dispatch reports. Of the 450 that served overseas dozens were killed in combat or service-related accidents. In a review of records, the Post-Dispatch counted at least 47 Purple Hearts — and 10 it couldn’t verify at the time of publication — awarded to members of the elite unit.
Watch a brief documentary on the Tuskagee Airmen here: