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Monday, November 21, 2016

Willie N. Rogers was an American hero, and at age 101, he was a living example of the nation's history. He was a member of the "Greatest Generation," which defeated the Axis powers in World War II, doing his part as a master sergeant in the all-black Tuskegee Airmen during the era of racial segregation in the U.S. military. The longtime St. Petersburg resident died Friday from complications of a stroke. He was the oldest surviving member of that original legendary 100th Fighter Squadron. He was wounded in action, shot in the stomach and leg by German soldiers, during a mission in Italy in January 1943. Rogers spent three months in a hospital in London before returning to the war.

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The group's 300 surviving members were decorated by President George W. Bush at the White House in 2007, during which they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. But Rogers didn't attend. His family didn't even know that he was part of the first African-American military aviation squadron in U.S. Armed Forces history.

Rogers didn't reveal his service until 2012, partially because his work was in logistics and administration and not in the sky, family members said. "He would always say there were many who deserved attention more but were not here to receive it," said Veronica Williams, one of Rogers' daughters.

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RIP & thank you and your family for your service to this country.
What a life to have lived.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2016-11-21 11:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And some gave all.............R.I.P. Airman Rogers. Fly high sir!

#2 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2016-11-21 12:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The greatest generation...

#3 | Posted by sawdust at 2016-11-21 01:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This makes me sad to realize people could pull together to fight a common enemy. Look at our nation today. What would it take to unite us again. Would it take somebody like Hitler?

#4 | Posted by byrdman at 2016-11-21 04:16 PM | Reply

" What would it take to unite us again. "

Oh, we can unite again just like we did on 9-11 but. unfortunately, we have politicians and leaders who will use that unity to justify invading countries that had nothing to do with attacks on the U.S. There's nothing wrong with the American people but we do have some leaders who a pathological.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2016-11-21 07:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Would it take somebody like Hitler?

#4 | POSTED BY BYRDMAN AT 2016-11-21 04:16 PM | FLAG:

You'd have to un-invent the Internet. There is nobody that can unify American, a large portion of the country will hate them for political affiliation no matter what. We communicate too much for unity.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2016-11-22 07:55 AM | Reply

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