Former Tuskegee Airman dies

Sunday, July 5, 2009 9:18 AM
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — H.M. Cummings, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the country's first group of black military pilots and crew, has died.

His nephew says Cummings had been sick with pulmonary distress and died Thursday of complications in surgery at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital. He was 90.

Cummings, a native of Dublin, Ga., was among a group of remaining Tuskegee Airmen who traveled to Washington, D.C., in January to watch President Obama's inauguration. Nephew Herndon R. Cummings of Kettering, Ohio, said Saturday that his uncle was overjoyed by the experience.

The airmen dealt with racial prejudice along with the pressures of World War II. Blacks previously had not been allowed to fly in the military. They trained as a segregated unit at an air base in Tuskegee, Ala.

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BakersfieldCityLimits 07/05/09 - 10:38 am
Why will the Rev. Sharpton

Why will the Rev. Sharpton and the Rev. Jackson be in LA fawning over the corpse of Michael Jackson, and not at the graveside of Mr. Cummings? Godspeed to you Mr. Cummings.

Tots 07/05/09 - 12:42 pm
Love and prayers to you and

Love and prayers to you and your family.Thanks to you and all the Tuskegee Airman.

my.voice 07/05/09 - 07:35 pm
We salute you SIR. What a

We salute you SIR. What a story of courage and determination. Thank you for serving our country even when it didn't believe in you.

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