70
      Monday
      88 / 73
      Tuesday
      88 / 72
      Wednesday
      89 / 73

      Tuskegee Airman passes away at 92

      <font size="2">Leroy Bowman, one of the original Tuskegee Airman, passed away in Sumter.</font>

      COLUMBIA (WACH)-- Leroy Bowman, one of the original Tuskegee Airman, passed away in Sumter.

      Bowman was 92 years old.

      The Tuskegee Airmen are known as a group of young men who enlisted in World War II to become America's first African-American military airmen.

      Bowman was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen to fly and fight in World War II. In July 2011, Bowman talked about his experience in facing the adversity of the times:??Whatever the label they wanted to put on us, our mission was to override it, not quit, but override it," said Bowman. "It was good, and it was bad, but now as I look back on it 70 years later I can take some solace in knowing that it was an accomplishment."

      James McClain, another one of the original Tuskegee Airman, passed away in 2012 at the age of 86.

      Luther McIlwain, a navigator with the Tuskegee Airmen, died last year at 91.

      In the end, the Tuskegee Airmen were men who proved there were no color barriers in the skies.

      The Tuskegee airman was recognized on the big screen in 2012 in the movie, Red Tails.

      A section of I-95 in Collecton County was named after the airman.

      Funeral services for Bowman will be held at Jehovah Missionary Church at 803 S Harvin St, Sumter, SC 29150 at 3pm.