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Col. Charles E. McGee, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), one of the celebrated Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, will be named a knight of France's Legion of Honor during this week's events in Paris and Normandy marking the 60th anniversary of D-Day, the landing of Allied forces on the European mainland. Acceptance into the Legion of Honor is one of the highest awards France gives to non-citizens of the country.
Col. McGee, 84, a decorated combat record-holder, was one of 450 pilots who served overseas in the all-Black 99th Fighter Squadron or 332nd Fighter Group. In all, approximately 922 Black cadets entered Army Air Corps Flight Training at the historic Tuskegee Institute/Moton Field during WWII.
Col. McGee remained on active duty in the Air Force for 30 years, flying more than 6,100 hours, and became a command pilot. Col. McGee's daughter, Charlene M. Smith, Ph.D., associate dean of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology, has written a book about her father's military career: "Tuskegee Airman: The Biography of Charles AE. McGee, Air Force Fighter Combat Record Holder."
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