Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Brigadier General Enoch O'Dell "Woody" Woodhouse II At Flint Memorial Library Talks About American History

Brigadier General Enoch Woodhouse, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first all-Black combat flying unit, who served during World War II, recalled a time when Black soldiers were not allowed to train alongside white soldiers. Enoch Woodhouse, a 96-year-old Lieutenant Colonel and one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, greeted an eager group at the Flint Memorial Library in North Reading, Massachusetts 

Woodhouse grew up in Roxbury and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1944 when he was 17, following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The Tuskegee Airmen, America's first all-Black combat flying unit, played a pivotal role in integrating the US Armed Forces. Despite initial discrimination, the unit proved themselves as accomplished pilots in Europe and influenced President Truman's 1948 decision to end discrimination in the military. After his discharge in 1949, Woodhouse earned a degree from Yale and went on to study law at BU. He worked as a trial lawyer and attorney for over 40 years. 

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