Sherman W. White, Jr.

Sherman W. White, Jr. (HM1CJ8)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36108 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.972', W 86° 19.173'

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(1919 - 1943)

— First Lieutenant, 99th Fighter Squadron —

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Sherman, Sr. and Nettie White lived at this address on W. Jeff Davis Ave. Both teachers, they taught their children Sherman Jr., Willa, James, and Samson to love their country and value education. Willa, James, and Samson would graduate from college. Sherman, Jr. left school at the U. of Chicago to enlist as an Army Air Forces aviation cadet at Tuskegee, Alabama. At Tuskegee were trained the first African-American military aviators in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces. In the third class at Tuskegee, White graduated in May 1942 as a 2d. lieutenant, allowing him to make the payments on his parents' house.
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White joined the 99th Fighter Squadron at Tuskegee, the U.S. Armed Forces' first all-black tactical air unit. Willa (WAC) and James White (QM Corps) served in the Army in WW II. Samson later was in the Army in the Korean War. Lt. Sherman White and the 99th moved to North Africa for combat. On July 2, 1943, escorting bombers over the Mediterranean, 99th P-40 fighters intercepted attacking German fighters. While protecting the bombers, the 99th had two of its P-40s shot down into the sea. White was one of the U.S. Armed Forces' first two black aviators killed in action.
HM NumberHM1CJ8
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Historical Preservation and Promotion Foundation & the Alabama Historical Association
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 10:53am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 564016 N 3581230
Decimal Degrees32.36620000, -86.31955000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.972', W 86° 19.173'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 58.32" N, 86° 19' 10.38" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 694 W Jeff Davis Ave, Montgomery AL 36108, US
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