BROWN JR., Roscoe Conkling (1922-2016)
Tuskegee Airmen and Squadron Commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group.
SIG – Signature 3″x5″ card signed including his rank and squadron. Accompanied by a 5″x7″ color glossy reprint image.
Graduate of the Tuskegee Flight School (1944) as a member of Class 44-C-SE. Served in the US Army Air Forces in Europe during WWII. During the war Captain Brown shot down an advanced German ME-262 jet fighter and a FW-190 fighter. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Prior to WWII, Brown graduated from Springfield College, MA where he was valedictorian of the class of 1943.
After the War, CPT Brown resumed his education. His doctoral dissertation was on exercise physiology and he became a professor of NYU where he directed their Institute of Afro-American Affairs. He was President of Bronx Community College (1973-93) and Director of the Center for Education Policy at City University of New York. In 1992, Brown received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater.
In March 2007, Brown attended a ceremony in the US Capitol Rotunda where he and other Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their service. He also was a member and past president of the 100 Black Men of America New York Chapter, and a professor of Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center.