Re: African American Scouters
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Mon, 3 Feb 1997 08:05:09 -0800
At 10:40 AM 2/1/97 -0500, you wrote:
>I don't have any information on this. I'm sure there are many here who are
>qualified. But, my suggestion is that the person not give up on it for this
>year. While MLK day is over, Black History month is just beginning. He
>should be able to find something that he can use by the end of the month.
>Especially, if the people on this list come through as they have in the past.
In my community:
John R. Hatcher III says he was the second black Eagle Scout in Tennessee.
He became an Eagle in the 1930s. Later, he entered the U.S. Army Air Force
during World War II. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in the late 1960s.
Mr. Hatcher is the president of the Ventura County chapter of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Richard T. Lee says he was a Star Scout in Ohio during the 1930s. He was
one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, but washed out of the program because
of severe motion sickness. He was retrained as a mechanic and was assigned
to India to service aircraft flying "over the Hump" (the Himalaya Mountains)
to China. As there was a shortage of pilots, he became one of 10
African-Americans who flew over the Hump as enloisted pilots in C-46
Commandos, C-47 Dakotas, and converted B-24 Liberator bombers. Later, he
he became a Cubmaster, Webelos Leader and Scoutmaster, amassing a total
of 14 years in Scouting. He was twice Post President of American Legion
Post 741 of Camarillo, California, and five time Adjutant of the same. He
just finished a stint as a National Executive Board member for the American
Legion. Mr. Lee retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant,
the highest enlisted rank.
Mr. Lee holds the District Award of Merit.
I hope this is of some assistance.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <email@example.com>
Scoutmaster, Troop 852 Wood Badge 416-18
Ventura County Council at Philmont, 1973
Camarillo, California, USA "I used to be a Beaver..."
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