Theodore Lumpkin Jr., a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen crew, has handed away simply days away from his one hundred and first birthday.
In response to the Associated Press, Lumpkin handed away from COVID-19. No additional particulars can be found. His demise was introduced on Saturday (January 9) by his son Theodore Lumpkin III.
Lumpkin reportedly died simply days away from his one hundred and first birthday. He was an intelligence officer with the Airmen, the primary Black pilots within the segregated U.S. army and among the many most revered fighter pilots in World Warfare II.
Lumpkin, in response to the AP, was a Los Angeles native and handed away on December 26. He was drafted in 1942 and assigned to the one centesimal Fighter Squadron in Tuskegee, Alabama. His unit escorted bombers in Europe.
The Los Angeles Times experiences that since his eyesight was ok to function a pilot, Lumpkin served as an intelligence officer who briefed pilots on missions.
“We’re carrying on his [legacy], however it’s an finish of an period,” his son mentioned.
Lumpkin’s spouse, Georgia, instructed the Occasions he didn’t discuss a lot about his experiences with the Airmen.
“We had been married for numerous years till I heard about them,” she mentioned. “After I realized who these guys had 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 able to doing.”
Lumpkin is survived by his spouse, two sons, a daughter, a number of grandchildren and a great-grandchild.