Chapter Happenings

Below you will find some activities at our club meetings.

Joseph Alexander
"My longest Day"

Joseph was a WWII LCT Skipper on Normandy, June 6th 1944.
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Walter Palmer
Tuskegee Airman

We had the honor of having Walter Palmer speak at some of our meetings. He was one of Indiana's last living members of a famed World War II group of black fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Sadly, Mr. Palmer died March 28, 2009, at the age of 87.

Mr. Palmer flew on 158 missions over Italy and Germany during the war. The all-black Tuskegee 99th Fighter Group was formed in 1941 and trained in Tuskegee, Ala., but faced racism in the segregated South. Mr. Palmer was 21 when he became an airman in June 1943. An eye injury in an auto accident ended Mr. Palmer's military career. He and his wife Rosalind Palmer moved to Indianapolis from his native New York in the early 1970s.

Since then, the Tuskegee Airmen's exploits slowly gained recognition, and Mr. Palmer gave motivational talks to schools and civic groups. In 2007, Mr. Palmer was among about 300 Tuskegee Airmen who received the Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush.