Tuskegee Airman Theodore Lumpkin Jr. — one of many first Black pilots within the US navy — has died from problems of COVID-19. He was 100 years outdated.
Lumpkin Jr. died Dec. 26, just some days earlier than his a hundred and first 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 a centesimal Fighter Squadron in Tuskegee, Alabama. He spent his navy profession as an intelligence officer who briefed World Battle II pilots in Europe, the newspaper reported.
He was extremely reserved about his time within the navy, his spouse stated.
“We have been married for numerous years till I heard about them,” she stated. “After I realized who these guys have been and what they’d finished, I used to be simply overcome at how a lot they persevered. They didn’t bow down. They achieved issues that detractors stated they couldn’t, weren’t able to doing.”
Lumpkin Jr. graduated from the College of Southern California with a level in sociology following the struggle. He retired as a social employee with Los Angeles County earlier than a second profession in actual property.