Tuskegee Airman Theodore Lumpkin Jr. — one of the primary Black pilots within the US army — has died from complications of COVID-19. He was 100 years outdated.
Lumpkin Jr. died Dec. 26, just some days earlier than his 101st birthday, his alma mater, Los Angeles Metropolis Faculty, introduced in a press release Friday. He’s survived by his spouse, Georgia, his two sons and a daughter.
The Los Angeles native was drafted in 1942 to the 100th Fighter Squadron in Tuskegee, Alabama. He spent his army profession as an intelligence officer who briefed World Struggle II pilots in Europe, the newspaper reported.
He was extremely reserved about his time within the army, his spouse mentioned.
“We have been married for a quantity of years till I heard about them,” she mentioned. “Once I realized who these guys have been and what they’d performed, I used to be simply overcome at how a lot they persevered. They didn’t bow down. They achieved issues that detractors mentioned they couldn’t, weren’t succesful of doing.”
Lumpkin Jr. graduated from the College of Southern California with a level in sociology following the warfare. He retired as a social employee with Los Angeles County earlier than a second profession in actual property.