The passing of Lt. Col. Eldridge Williams in Miami on July 2 led to an outpouring of remembrances honoring one of the last members of the Tuskegee Airmen.
The Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black military flying unit that served during World War II, “helped win the war,” said President George W. Bush, as he honored a group of the men, including Williams, with a Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. As a captain, Williams, who died at 97, trained Tuskegee Airmen who flew overseas to escort bomber planes across Europe.
Services will begin with the viewing at 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday, July 20, with time of sharing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21.
All of the services will be held at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 10701 SW 184th St., Miami. Lt. Col. Williams will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.