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This is a wonderful project that I have to look at in much more detail. There are several good, exciting presentations on these true Americans, and they deserve continued recognition. The current atmosphere of 2012, Jan.–March is a great start with the movie Red Tails, MLK Day, Black History Month, etc.!
We in St. Louis, Missouri, take extreme pride in the group of Tuskegee Airmen who lived and, some still live, and thrive in the history of Tuskegee. We also beam over our young people who still attend and graduate from the Alabama institution. It is more than a “state” school.
The history of Tuskegee Airman Roy LaGrone is a magnet for bringing members to our family reunions—Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and more. It is a theme (contributors to aviation) that helps us connect to the families of white pilot John “Tex” LaGrone, one of the Lindbergh “Early Bird” pilots of 1920s, and more.
In the schools of America (St. Louis County), there is a black-and-white documentary on the Tuskegee Airmen that has original footage interviewing several Airmen, including Roy LaGrone and Dr. Victor Reef.
The LaGrones of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and I relate from our Mississippi heritage (Tupelo/Amory).


John E. LaGrone
St. Louis, MO