98-Year-Old Tuskegee Airman Honored by Hometown High School in Pennsylvania for His Contribution to U.S. History

Tuskegee Airman and retired Lt. Col. James Harvey III. (Photo: American Veterans Center YouTube video screenshot)

A 98-year-old Tuskegee Airman was honored by his hometown high school for his achievements and contribution to United States history.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel James Harvey III, 98, returned to Fairview High School in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, to be recognized along with two other unnamed school district graduates who “have gone on to really accomplish some great things, nationally and internationally,” according to Superintendent Robert F. Mehalick.

Before graduating from the high school in 1942, Harvey left his mark on the school by earning the positions of both valedictorian and class president.

A band welcomed Lt. Col. Harvey as he arrived to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport on Monday Oct. 18, when he was then escorted to his car to prepare for the celebration.

Harvey, who is one of the last living members of the esteemed Black military squadron, was a fighter pilot with the 332nd Fighter Group’s 99th Fighter Squadron and made history as the first Black United States Air Force jet fighter combat pilot to fight in the Korean War.

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SOURCE: Atlanta Black Star, Jasmine Alyce