Tuskegee Airman Joe Gomer Describes Segregation During WWII

By KBJR News 1

Tuskegee Airman Joe Gomer Describes Segregation During WWII

May 14, 2013 Updated May 14, 2013 at 5:02 PM CDT

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.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.