Remembering Tuskegee Airman Grant Williams Sr.

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by Mike Gooding, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 7:10 PM

HAMPTON -- Dozens of people turned out at the Hampton University Memorial Chapel Friday to say goodbye to a legend.

Grant Williams Sr. was one of Hampton Roads' five remaining documented original Tuskegee Airmen.

The retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant died last week at age 94 at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
   
The Tuskegee Airmen are famous for having broken the military's color barrier and going on to help defeat Nazi Germany in World War Two.  

Williams served for 33 years, earning a Bronze Star Medal and numerous other decorations, while also deploying to Korea and Vietnam.
   
He was remembered fondly by fellow airmen for having worked tirelessly to tell their story to various audiences, including countless school children. Williams chaired the speakers bureau of the Tidewater Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
 
"He loved to let the younger ones know for sure," said fellow original Tuskegee Airman Ezra Hill. "Because, he knew they were our future generation and they're the ones that have to learn their history. You know the saying, if you don't know where you came from, you sure don't know where you're going."
  
Original Tuskegee Airman Harry Quinton said he'll miss Williams.

"He was very proud to have been a Tuskegee Airman and he was proud of what he was doing to continue the legacy," he said.
 

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