Just imagine being assigned to a mission where you do not know if you’d get by and live to see the next day. Imagine not being with your family for months and not seeing your kids grow up. Think how it is to live wondering whether you’d be shot dead, blown to pieces, or be taken as a prisoner by the enemy. Put yourself in a situation where you would see your companions and friends die in front of you. This was what the soldiers in World War II experienced daily while serving our country.
Being a soldier during the World War II wasn’t easy. It was physically and psychologically traumatic. But these soldiers knew that there were only two things that could happen to them: either they’d die with honor or be one of the survivors who’d live and tell the tale.
Among the survivors of the Tuskegee Airmen group who fought during World War II was Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson. The Tuskegee Airmen was a popular term for the group of African American pilots who formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Corps.
As one of the survivors, Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson authored the book “Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: The Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman and POW,” which he wrote to remember those American soldiers who served the country during the World War II and after. It includes his wartime experiences–especially those times that he thought he’d never be able to come home.
Would you like to get to know deeper one of the bravest Tuskegee Airmen? Then let’s take a look at this video below: