February 13, 200
Tuskegee Airman to visit The Citadel
An original member of the Tuskegee Airmen will visit The Citadel on Thursday in celebration of Black History Month.
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Hiram E. Mann will deliver the Black History Month keynote address at 6:30 p.m. in Graham Copeland Auditorium in Grimsley Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.
Mann was among the first black Americans to be trained by the Army Air Force as military pilots during World War II. He graduated from the Tuskegee Army Air Field training program in June 1944 and went on to fly combat missions in the P-51 "Mustang" aircraft with the 332nd Fighter Group (Red Tails) in the European-African Theater of Operations. He also flew the P-40 "WARHWAWK" and the P-47 "THUNDERBOLT" fighter-type aircraft in Tactical Aircraft Transition and Overseas Replacement training.
Mann graduated from Cleveland State University in 1953 with a bachelor's degree and double major in sociology and psychology. He received a master's in education from John Carroll University in 1961.
A former admissions officer at the United States Military Academy, Mann is a charter member of the Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated (TAI) and an honorary member and namesake of the Hiram E. Mann Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. in Walterboro.