September 20, 2008
Airman’s Life Touched Many Others
Editor, Times-Dispatch: Regarding your story, "Tuskegee Airman Died Amid Plans to Immortalize Him," by Michael Paul Williams: Chesterfield County Airport has already "immortalized" Lt. Col. Howard Baugh.
Here at Chesterfield County Airport "The Lieutenant Colonel Howard Baugh Observation Deck" was named in Baugh's honor when former airport manager Charles Dane invited Baugh and his family to our 2004 air show to give recognition to all Baugh accomplished as a Tuskegee Airman. Also, a beautiful wall presentation -- painted by local artist Maggie O'Leary -- of Lt. Col. Baugh and his P-40 War Hawk named after his wife, Connie Jeanne, hangs in the upper level of the terminal which can be viewed from the terminal lobby.
Other members of the airport staff came to know and love the man and his wonderful family through his many visits, and during the many hours he tirelessly spent at our air shows, attracting large crowds, signing pictures, and explaining what the Tuskegee Airmen were all about. He was always doing his best to defer the attention to others to include recognition of their accomplishments.
Baugh's story will continue to be told to all, young and old, who participate in airport group tours, which are given upon request. Lt. Col. Howard Baugh, war hero and dear friend, will truly be missed.
- Julie Tilley, Airport Secretary, Chesterfield Airport
MEMO: EXCERPTED FROM LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Originally published by Tilley.
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