Profile: Roger Terry (1921-2009)

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Lt. Roger “Bill” Terry (August 13, 1921 – June 11, 2009) was one of the Tuskegee Airmen. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in . In 1945 he was stationed at Freeman Field, Indiana, where he was excluded from the “whites only” officers club, PX and theatre, which German POWs were allowed to attend.  He was the only individual to be discharged following the Freeman Field Mutiny.

Lieutenant Terry was acquitted of the charge of disobeying an order, but was convicted of the charge of jostling Lieutenant Rogers, for which he was fined $150, payable in three monthly installments, suffered loss of rank and received a dishonorable discharge.

In 1995, in response to requests from some of the veterans of the 477th, the Air Force officially removed General Hunter’s letters of reprimand from the permanent files of 15 of the 104 officers charged in the Freeman Field protest and promised to remove the remaining 89 letters when requests were filed. Roger Terry received a full pardon, restoration of rank and a refund of his fine.

Terry died of heart failure on June 11, 2009. He was 87.

 

Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army Air Corps
Rank Lieutenant
Unit 332nd Fighter Group
Awards Congressional Gold Medal

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