Alum, Tuskegee Airman, Receives Congressional Gold Medal
James B. Williams, M.D., a 1951 graduate of Creighton’s School of medicine was one of 300 Tuskegee Airmen to receive the Congressional Gold Medal Award March 29, in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C.
The medal is the highest civilian award bestowed by Congress, and is described as "awarded to any individual who performs an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States.” The award comes 60 years after the group flew as the first black pilots for America.
The Tuskegee Airmen participated in more than 15,000 sorties on 1,500 missions. Dr. Williams received Creighton’s School of Medicine 1999 Alumni Merit Award and was featured in The Creighton Magazine in the summer of 2000. You can read the magazine story about Williams at: http://creightonmagazine.org/files/Summer_2000/CUmag_SU00.pdf