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Robert Glass (1920-1955), Tuskegee Airman

This month, in celebration of Black History Month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Robert Marshall Glass, born 17 December 1920 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Robert W. Glass (b. 1881) and Lucy Dants (b. abt. 1890). He graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering. Already a qualified pilot, he was one of the highly skilled and committed young men to join the 332nd Fighter Group of the Tuskegee Airmen. Glass signed up at Tuskegee Army Air Field on 28 January 1943, and attended cadet school at Tuskegee. Charles "Chief" Anderson was one of his flying instructors at Tuskegee and Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., was his commanding officer. Glass flew P-39 Airocobras on escort missions first from North Africa, and then from Sicily for bombing missions in the Mediterranean theater of operations. In 1944, the 332nd FG transitioned to the P-47 Thunderbolt, and before the war's end, they flew P-51 Mustangs. He continued to serve during the Korean conflict. He was a senior pilot with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation and the National Defense Service medal. His last duty station was at Wright Air Development Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. At the time of his death in January 1955, Captain Glass was at the Air Command Staff School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. His name is inscribed on the Memorial Honor Roll of the Air Force, Air Force Aid Society, Washington, D.C. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge

In recognition of Black History Month, this month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge highlights two activists who dedicated their lives in fighting racism and supporting civil rights in their respective countries.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement. He was assassinated in 1968. Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He died in 2013.

You can read more about this month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge and help in bringing the WeRelate pages on these two civil rights leaders and their families to life. Have fun.

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