Lt. Col. Rodge takes flight once again
Tuskegee Airman “Rodge” served his country for 22 years on active duty during World War II. He flew 68 combat missions in Germany with the 99th Squadron “Red Tails,” escorting U.S. Bomber planes to their targets.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1983, he worked in management for NORAD and NASA and was involved in the NAACP.
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A story of unrelenting determination
Rodge shared that every time he returned from one mission, he was even more determined to return from the next. And decades later, his wish was to fly in a P-51 Mustang once again.
Rodge was honored in a powerful ceremony at the Camarillo Airport in California. And then, for the first time in decades, he took flight into the open skies.
“I have to live a lot longer so I can remember this for a long time.”
— Lt. Col. Marion “Rodge” Rodgers, age 92