15th Wing honors, memorializes fallen Tuskegee Airman

Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam meet with Dr. Dorothy Goldsborough, wife of Tuskegee Airman Romaine Goldsborough after a tribute ceremony at the Binnicker Professional Military Education Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hickam, Jan. 29, 2014. Goldsborough graduated as a Technical Sergeant and subsequently went to Detroit, MI for engine familiarization before returning to duty at Tuskegee Army Air Field. At Tuskegee, the Army was forming the 332nd Group which included the 99th, 100th, 301st and 302nd. He was assigned to the 302nd and served overseas in Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn)

02/07/14 12:00 AM

By Master Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn, 15th Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from the 15th Wing paid tribute to Romaine Horace Goldsborough, who was an aircraft mechanic of the Tuskegee Airmen, on Jan. 29 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Binnicker Professional Military Education Center staff hosted the tribute along with wing leadership and the Tuskegee Airman Committee as they honored the life of Goldsborough and his service to his country.

Goldsborough and his wife Dr. Dorothy Goldsborough were longtime residents of Kaneohe, Hawaii. The Hawaii Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., the “Artis-Baham-Goldsborough Chapter” is named in his honor.

During the tribute, Col. Johnny Roscoe, 15th Wing commander; Chief Master Sgt. Les Bramlett, 15th Wing command chief; Master Sgt. Marquez, PME director of education; and original Tuskegee Airman crew chief Philip Baham, who is now the only surviving Tuskegee Airman living in Hawaii; helped Dr. Goldsborough to unveil historic memorabilia and artifacts.

Dr. Goldsborough donated the historical memorabilia and artifacts to the PME Center where they will be housed at the Grey Geese room at JBPHH.

“Goldsborough has been a real integral part of black history and military history,” said Master Sgt. (retired) Chandra Mack, outgoing president of the local Tuskegee Airman Inc. chapter. “And now our Airmen will be able to read the history and see the artifacts that are a part of our American history.”

“I couldn’t think of a better way to have my husband’s legacy remembered,” said Dr. Goldsborough. “I thank all of you for being here to honor my husband who was such an honorable man. He was a fine husband, father and grandfather. I hope that all of you will be the same gentlemen and gentle ladies that he displayed throughout his life.”

“I wanted everyone else to have the opportunity to view and enjoy my husband’s artifact. History is very important and must be passed down from generation to generation,” she said.

Roscoe also thanked Dr. Goldsborough for her generous gifts and her husband’s honorable service.

“This is an amazing moment for me,” Roscoe said. “As each and every one of you comes here to view these gifts that were donated, I ask you to think about it and imagine the days when discrimination still existed in our Air Force.

 

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