Roscoe Brown

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Roscoe Brown
Dr Brown speaks at the dedication of the Tuskeege Airmen Bus Depot of MTA Regional Bus.
Born (1922-03-09) March 9, 1922 (age 97)
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Army Air Corps
Rank Captain
Unit 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group
Conflict World War II

Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. (born March 9, 1922)[1] is one of the Tuskegee Airmen and former squadron commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. He graduated from the Tuskegee Flight School on March 12, 1944 as member of class 44-C-SE[2] and served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. During this period, Captain Brown shot down an advanced German Me-262 jet fighter and a FW-190 fighter.[3][4]

His father, Dr Roscoe C Brown, Sr, was an official in the United States Public Health Service.[5]

Prior to his wartime service, he graduated from Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., where he was valedictorian of the Class on 1943.[6]

After the war, Captain Brown resumed his education. His doctoral dissertation was on exercise physiology[7] and he became a professor at New York University and President of Bronx Community College. In 1992, Brown received an honorary doctor of humanics degree from alma mater Springfield College.

On March 29, 2007, Brown attended a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, where he and the other Tuskegee Airmen collectively, not individually, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their service.[8]

He lives in Riverdale, New York in the U.S.A. [9] He is also a member, and past president, of the 100 Black Men of America New York Chapter.[10] He is currently a professor of Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center.


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