Retired Tuskegee Airman is asking people to send him cards to celebrate his 100th birthday on May 21, 2022
excerpted from UPWorthy
by Jacalyn Wetzel
A retired Tuskegee Airman who is coming up on a huge milestone birthday has decided to celebrate by getting birthday card from people across America. Retired Sgt. Victor Butler is turning 100 on May 21, 2022 and is believed to be teh last surviving Tuskegee Airman in the State of Rhode Island.
The Tuskegee Airmen were part of what was known as the Tuskegee Experience. The name comes from the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama where the first Black Army Air Corps fighter pilots to fight in World War II were trained. The tails of their planes were painted red, earning them the nickname “Red Tails.” At the Tuskegee Army Air Field, 932 pilots were trained but there were thousands of others trained as mechanics, cooks and assistants who were all part of the experience. Eventually the U.S. military was desegregated in part due to the encouragement received after the phenomenal efforts of the Red Tails during the war.
Butler was trained as a mechanic when he took part in the Tuskegee Experience and recounted some of his experiences when speaking to WJAR saying, “Being in Tuskegee, Alabama, it wasn’t very acceptable to white people for Black soldiers to be walking around.” People were able to get a glimpse into the training, treatment and heroism of the historical group of airmen in the movie Red Tails that was released in 2012.
If you would like to send a card to Mr. Butler, you can send them to:
Victor W. Butler
C/O Gary Butler
P.O. Box 3523
Cranston, RI 02910
For more of Sgt. Butler’s Story go to UpWorthy at https://www.upworthy.com/retired-tuskegee-airman-asks-to-mark-his-milestone-birthday-with-cards-from-across-america