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Ind. man who was among Tuskegee Airmen dies at 87

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“font-family: Verdana”>One of Indiana’s last living members of a

famed World War II group of black fighter pilots known as the

Tuskegee Airmen has died.

“font-family: Verdana”>Walter Palmer died at his Indianapolis home

Saturday of stomach cancer, according to his daughter, Janice

Carter. He was 87.

“font-family: Verdana”>Palmer flew on 158 missions over Italy and

Germany during the war. The all-black Tuskegee 99th Fighter Group

was formed in 1941 and trained in Tuskegee, Ala., but faced racism

in the segregated South. Palmer was 21 when he became an airman in

June 1943.

“font-family: Verdana”>An eye injury in an auto accident ended

Palmer’s military career. He and his wife Rosalind Palmer moved to

Indianapolis from his native New York in the early


“font-family: Verdana”>Since then, the Tuskegee Airmen’s exploits

slowly gained recognition, and Palmer gave motivational talks to

schools and civic groups.

“font-family: Verdana”>”He would tell the young children not to let

anything get in their way,” Carter said.

“font-family: Verdana”>In 2007, Palmer was among about 300 Tuskegee

Airmen who received the Congressional Gold Medal from President

George W. Bush.

“font-family: Verdana”>At least six other surviving Tuskegee Airmen

are believed to be in Indiana.

“font-family: Verdana”>His funeral is scheduled for April 11 at

Lavenia Smith & Summers Home for Funerals in


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“font-family: Verdana”>Information from: The Indianapolis


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“font-family: Verdana”>http://www.indystar.com

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