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Charles William Ledbetter
CHARLES WILLIAM LEDBETTER (April 5, 1922 – July 23, 2003) was one of the Tuskegee Airmen
Tuskegee Airmen
, retiring from the United States
United States
Air Force as a master sergeant after 30 years of active service. During his tenure, he participated in World War II
World War II
, the Korean War
Korean War
(where he flew night missions in B-26 bombers as an engineer and gunner as part of the 3rd Bomb Wing ), and in Vietnam . In 2006, Ledbetter and the Tuskegee Airmen
Tuskegee Airmen
were honored with a Congressional Gold Medal
Congressional Gold Medal
. He is interred at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California
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Riverside, California
RIVERSIDE is a city in Riverside County , California
California
, United States , located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. Riverside is the county seat of the eponymous county and named for its location beside the Santa Ana River . It is the most populous city in the Inland Empire and in Riverside County, and is located about 60 miles (97 km) east of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
. It is also part of the Greater Los Angeles
Los Angeles
area . Riverside is the 59th most populous city in the United States
United States
and 12th most populous city in California. As of the 2010 Census, Riverside had a population of 303,871. Riverside was founded in the early 1870s. It is the birthplace of the California
California
citrus industry and home of the Mission Inn , the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States
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Congressional Gold Medal
A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL is an award bestowed by the United States Congress ; the Congressional Gold Medal
Congressional Gold Medal
and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the highest civilian awards in the United States
United States
. It is awarded to persons "who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient's field long after the achievement." However, "There are no permanent statutory provisions specifically relating to the creation of Congressional Gold Medals. When a Congressional Gold Medal
Congressional Gold Medal
has been deemed appropriate, Congress has, by legislative action, provided for the creation of a medal on an ad hoc basis." American citizenship is not a requirement
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Air Gunner
An AIR GUNNER (AG) also known as aerial gunner is a member of an air force aircrew who operates flexible-mount or turret -mounted machine guns or autocannons in an aircraft . Modern aircraft weapons are usually operated automatically without the need for a dedicated air gunner, but older ( World War II
World War II
and earlier) generation bombers used to carry up to eight air gunners. Most modern air gunners are helicopter door gunners , who typically have other primary roles such as crew chief or observer in addition to their air gunner role. Others fly as members of aircrews on gunships where their duties can include loading ammunition into guns and can manually fire the guns if computer systems fail
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Find A Grave
FIND A GRAVE is a website that allows the public to search and add to an online database of cemetery records. It is owned by Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com
. It receives and uploads digital photographs of headstones from burial sites, taken by unpaid volunteers at cemeteries. Find A Grave then posts the photo on its website. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Content and features * 3 See also * 4 References * 4.1 Sources * 5 External links HISTORYThe site was created in 1995 by Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
resident Alma, Michigan -born Jim Tipton to support his hobby of visiting the burial sites of celebrities. He later added an online forum . Find A Grave was launched as a commercial entity in 1998, first as a trade name and then incorporated in 2000. The site later expanded to include graves of non-celebrities, in order to allow online visitors to pay respect to their deceased relatives or friends
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Herbert Carter (pilot)
HERBERT may refer to: CONTENTS * 1 People * 2 Places * 2.1 Antarctica * 2.2 Australia * 2.3 Canada * 2.4 New Zealand * 2.5 United States * 3 Arts, entertainment, and media * 3.1 Fictitious entities * 3.2 Other arts, entertainment, and media * 4 Other uses * 5 See also PEOPLE Individuals * Herbert (musician) , a pseudonym of Matthew Herbert Name * Herbert (given name) * Herbert (surname) PLACESANTARCTICA * Herbert Mountains , Coats Land * Herbert Sound , Graham LandAUSTRALIA * Herbert, Northern Territory , a rural locality * Division of Herbert , Queensland, an electoral district * Herbert River , QueenslandCANADA * Herbert, Saskatchewan , Canada, a town * Herbert Road , St
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477th Fighter Group
The 477TH FIGHTER GROUP is an Air Reserve unit of the United States Air Force . It is assigned to the Tenth Air Force , Air Force Reserve Command , stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson , Alaska. The 477th FG is an associate unit of the 3d Wing of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), and if mobilized the wing is gained by PACAF. CONTENTS * 1 Overview * 2 Units * 3 History * 3.1 World War II Training unit * 3.2 Reactivation with African-American troops * 4 Lineage * 4.1 Assignments * 4.2 Components * 4.3 Stations * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links OVERVIEWThe 477th Fighter Group was reactivated on 1 October 2007 as the first Air Force Reserve unit to fly, maintain, and support the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor . The group is an associate unit responsible for recruiting, training, developing and retaining Citizen Airmen to support 3d Wing and Air Force expeditionary unit mission requirements
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William A. Campbell (Tuskegee Airman)
CAMPBELL may refer to: CONTENTS* 1 People * 1.1 Surname * 1.2 Given name * 2 Places * 2.1 Non-terrestrial * 3 Other * 4 See also PEOPLESURNAME * See Campbell (surname) GIVEN NAME * Campbell Brown (born 1968), American television news reporter and anchor * Campbell Jackson (born 1981), Northern Irish darts player * Campbell Johnsto
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A-26 Invader
The DOUGLAS A-26 INVADER (designated B-26 between 1948 and 1965) is an American twin-engined light bomber and ground attack aircraft. Built by Douglas Aircraft Company
Douglas Aircraft Company
during World War II
World War II
, the Invader also saw service during several major Cold War
Cold War
conflicts. A limited number of highly modified United States Air Force
United States Air Force
aircraft served in Southeast Asia until 1969. It was a fast aircraft capable of carrying a large bomb load. A range of guns could be fitted to produce a formidable ground-attack aircraft. A re-designation of the type from A-26 to B-26 led to confusion with the Martin B-26 Marauder
Martin B-26 Marauder
, which first flew in November 1940, some 20 months before the Douglas design's maiden flight. Although both types were powered by the widely used Pratt "> Douglas XA-26 AAC Ser
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3d Air Division (United States)
The 3D AIR DIVISION (3d AD) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. Its last assignment was with Strategic Air Command , assigned to Fifteenth Air Force , being stationed at Hickam AFB , Hawaii . It was inactivated on 1 April 1992. The 3d Air Division was created in England during World War II as the 3D BOMBARDMENT DIVISION, an upper command echelon of the Eighth Air Force . With five combat bomb wings and 14 heavy bomber groups assigned, it was one of the two largest U.S. air combat organizations during World War II
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World War II
Allied victory * Collapse of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
* Fall of Japanese and Italian Empires * Dissolution of the League of Nations
League of Nations
* Creation of the United Nations
United Nations
* Emergence of the United States
United States
and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
as superpowers * Beginning of the Cold War
Cold War
(more... ) PARTICIPANTS ALLIED POWERS AXIS POWERS COMMANDERS AND LEADERS MAIN ALLIED LEADERS * Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin
* Franklin D
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United States
Coordinates : 40°N 100°W / 40°N 100°W / 40; -100 United States
United States
of America Flag Great Seal MOTTO: " In God We Trust " Other traditional mottos * " E pluribus unum
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Korean War
Military stalemate * North Korean invasion of South Korea
South Korea
repelled * Subsequent U.S.-led United Nations
United Nations
invasion of North Korea repelled * Subsequent Chinese invasion of
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United States Air Force
Department of Defense * Department of the Air Force HEADQUARTERS The Pentagon
The Pentagon
Arlington County, Virginia , U.S. MOTTO(S) "Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win" "Integrity first, Service before self, Excellence in all we do" COLORS Ultramarine blue , Golden yellow MARCH The U.S. Air Force Play (help ·info ) ANNIVERSARIES 18 September ENGAGEMENTS See list * Mexican Expedition (As Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps ) World War I
World War I
(As Aviation Section, U.S
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Vietnam War
North Vietnamese victory * Withdrawal of American-led forces from Indochina * Communist governments take power in South Vietnam
South Vietnam
, Cambodia
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Percy Heath
PERCY HEATH (April 30, 1923 – April 28, 2005) was an American jazz bassist, brother of saxophonist Jimmy Heath and drummer Albert Heath
Albert Heath
, with whom he formed the Heath Brothers in 1975. Heath played with the Modern Jazz
Jazz
Quartet throughout their long history and also worked with Miles Davis
Miles Davis
, Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
, Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
, Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
, and Thelonious Monk . CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Discography * 2.1 As sideman * 3 References * 4 External links BIOGRAPHYHeath was born in Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
, and spent his childhood in Philadelphia
Philadelphia
. His father played the clarinet and his mother sang in the church choir
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