UAW Mourns the Loss of Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, Tuskegee Airman
We have lost a true brother, a true hero, and a true patriot. Tuskegee Airman and lifelong Detroiter Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson has died at the age of 100.
Jefferson served as a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. He flew for our nation as part of the 332d Fighter Group of the United States Army Air Forces which was the first African American flying group. During his 19th mission while bombing at a radar installation, he was shot down and captured. He remained a prisoner of war for a year until his release in 1945. Jefferson retired from the reserves in 1969 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In 2007, he and other surviving Tuskegee Airmen and their families were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
Jefferson spent his civilian life teaching in Detroit and preserving the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. In 1972, he started the first chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, an organization devoted to introducing youth to the world of aviation.
Our union salutes the life of Lt. Col. Alexander who opened doors for many while serving this great nation. We are eternally grateful to your life of service.
Photo Credit – US Embassy London, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons