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Tuskegee Airman Leslie Edwards dies at Cincinnati VA Hospital | WCPO

Tuskegee Airman Leslie Edwards dies at Cincinnati VA Hospital | WCPO

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Leslie Edwards didn’t talk about his military career during his daughter’s childhood — or her adulthood, for that matter. Imogene Bowers was 50 years old when she learned that her small, slight father had been one of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military aviators in United States history.

“He did not allow any of the focus to be on him,” she said Tuesday night. “Even when you talked about the Tuskegee Airmen, he never necessarily talked about his experience. He talked about what the Tuskegee Airmen did for the world.”

Edwards died Monday afternoon at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. He was 95 years old and, according to Bowers, “one of the greatest historians you’ll ever know.”


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