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Published on Aug 3, 2012
This video honors the Chicago "DODO" Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen. The video is featured at the northbound Prairie View rest area, located at mile marker 333 on Interstate 57 in Will County, just south of the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail, which was dedicated by Governor Pat Quinn in February 2012.
Formally known as the 332nd Fighter Group, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first group of black pilots to ever fly for the U.S. military. Overcoming prejudice and discrimination, this elite group played an integral role in the Allied victory in World War II. The unit flew more than 15,000 combat sorties for more than 1500 missions and by the end of the war had earned more than 900 citations, including 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses. Today, the Tuskegee Airmen continue to serve our country as an organization working to provide youth with education opportunities.