Colonel George E. Hardy ’42 is a surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen who were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for service in World War IIa and beyond after initially not be allowed to fly for racial reasons. The Tuskegee Airman provided cover for bombers over Germany and never lost a bomber over Germany and never lost a bomber to enemy airplane fire. Colonel Hardy flew 29 missions over Germany in 1945. After being called back into service, he flew 45 combat missions in Korea in B29s. After receiving an advanced degree in engineering, he served once again in Vietnam as part of the 18TH Special Operations Squadron as a pilot in AC-119 Gunships. He served as Operating Location Commander at Udorn Air Base, Thailand, and as Commander at Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam, where he flew 70 Combat missions. He served our country with distinction well beyond the call of duty. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Th Air Meal with eleven (11) Oak Leaf Cluster. The Tuskegee Airmen were consulted by George Lucas in the making of the movie, “Red Tails”.