William Johnson, 94, Discusses History, His Experiences, and Bias
William Johnson (far left), a former Tuskegee airman and Glen Cove resident, recently visited Patchogue-Medford High School to speak to Junior Air Force ROTC cadets. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. They flew more than 15,000 individual sorties in Europe and North Africa, earning more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses. Johnson spoke about racial segregation in the military and in civilian life, and answered questions from attendees. The Patchogue-Medford JROTC Program is an Eastern Suffolk BOCES in-district program.