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Roger 'Bill" Terry, Tuskegee Airman, Bruin Basketballer, Dies at 87

He roomed with Jackie Robinson, and was a Tuskegee Airman who was convicted of "jostling" an officer during an attempt to integrate the officers' club at Freeman Field, Indiana in April, 1945. He was encouraged by Coleman Young, and defended by future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

"On Aug. 2, 1995, the Army pardoned him, restored his rank and refunded his $150 fine. Two years ago, Terry and several other airmen collectively received a Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush in Washington." Los Angeles Times obituary.
Tags: aviation, bruin basketball, justice
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