The Passing of Tuskegee Airman Milton Leroy Holmes (1926-2018)
Milton Leroy Holmes, a man of many interests, commitments, and talents was the second of seven children born to Joseph (Jody) Holmes and Lillie Holmes in Baltimore, MD, on Feb 15, 1926. His love of knowledge began while attending school in the Baltimore County and City Public School systems; he graduated from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. Milton began his college life attending Howard University in Washington, DC., followed by attending what was then Hampton Institute in Hampton, VA where he learned he enlisted in the Army. During World War II, he served in the Army Specialized Training Program at Hampton University in Virginia. As a result, he served as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Corps in Tuskegee, Alabama – the pilot training school for Blacks, for which he would later be awarded the Medal of Honor. After serving in the military, Milton went to work at Federal Howard Veteran’s Hospital. Milton’s experiences in a segregated military, set the stage for a lifetime of involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. As a U.S. Postal Service employee, Milton marched with the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and fought for equal rights for black workers. In addition, Milton worked within the Postal Union to initiate public services to the community by providing baskets of food for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Read about his remarkable life in Memories of the Unexpected: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman. This would make a great gift for Christmas. Don’t forget to order from Smile.Amazon.Com to ensure donations to the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group.