Joe Gomer Honored in Iowa Falls

By KBJR News 1

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It was a dedication fit for a hero...

Famed Tuskegee Airman Veteran Joe Gomer of Duluth watched on a live video screen as a statue was unveiled in his honor in his hometown of Iowa Falls, Iowa.

The World War Two veteran flew 68 combat missions with the Tuskegee Airmen..a unit that was made up of African American pilots.

Gomer retired from the military as a Major after 22 years of service.

He said he was overjoyed that his friends came together to honor him and that the Iowa Falls town remembers the little country boy from the '40's.

"The recognition and the fact of what we able to accomplish can prove that given the opportunity, anyone can be anything they want to be," said Gomer.

Gomer already has a statue in his honor at the Duluth International Airport.

Gomer couldn't be at the ceremony in Iowa because he is undergoing cancer treatment at Ecumen Lakeshore Health Center.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati