Tuskegee Airman Joe Gomer Describes Segregation During WWII

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Tuskegee Airman Joe Gomer Describes Segregation During WWII

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 4:02 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) As part of a year-long initiative to highlight the history of St. Louis County, Northland hero, Joe Gomer shared his experiences during World War II.

As a Tuskegee airmen, Gomer flew with a famed group of African American pilots for the Army in North Africa and Italy.

To a packed St. Louis County board room, Gomer described how Tuskegee airmen were kept segregated during and following the war.

"I came back as a second class citizen," he said. "German prisoners of war had more rights than black Americans."

Gomer made the crowd laugh several times and received a standing ovation following his speech.