WWII

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The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs honored a Champaign man for his work publicizing Rantoul’s connection to the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.

Rob Gorham received one of the Illinois Patriotic Volunteer and Appreciation Awards on Thursday, during a ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Urbana.

The award recognized Gorham for educating the public that the all-black military aviators group received its initial ground crew training at the Chanute Air Base in Rantoul, before moving on to Alabama.

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 A new memorial at Springfield's airport honors the city's only resident to graduate from pilot training at Tuskegee Army Air Base during World War II. The late Lyman L. Hubbard Sr. served with the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen. The display honoring Hubbard was dedicated Wednesday at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. It includes several photos and some of his medals.

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Champaign County celebrated its status as the birthplace of the Tuskegee Airmen this week. Four road signs entering the County now signify the area’s ties to the African American pilots who flew in World War Two. The Tuskegee Airmen were initially known as the ‘99th Pursuit Squadron.’ The group started at the former Chanute Air Force Base in 1941 before training in Alabama.

 

A 93-year-old World War II veteran from Belleville will receive his high school diploma during the Belleville West High School commencement.

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It's been 70 years since allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in one of the turning points of World War Two. A memorial service in Springfield today (FRIDAY) told stories of the young men on the front lines. Hannah Meisel has more.