|Birth: ||Jan. 20, 1920|
|Death: ||Aug. 23, 2008|
LTC (Ret) Howard Lee Baugh, of Petersburg, VA, died at the Johnston-Willis Medical Center, Richmond, VA. He was a member of the famous Tuskegee Airman. He was born in Petersburg, VA and attended public schools in Petersburg and Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from Virginia State College (University), Petersburg, VA in 1941, he decided he wanted to get involved in the war effort. He didn't want to be in the infantry, so he signed up for the Army Air Corps, the precursor to the modern U.S. Air Force and entered the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet in March 1942. He completed pilot training in November 1942 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He was one of 994 black pilots to graduate from Tuskegee Army Air Field, Tuskege, Alabama between 1940 and 1946.
In July 1943, Howard Baugh was assigned to the 99th Fighter Squadron in Sicily, Italy. He flew 135 combat missions in P-40s and P-51s. In January 1944, he and his wingman were credited with shooting down on German FW-190 fighter bomber over the Anzio beachhead. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the usual theater and campaign medals.
In June 2004, the French Government presented Baugh with its highest and most prestigious military award, the French Legion of Honor. During 25 years of active duty he amassed almost 6000 pilot hours, including 250 combat hours. He flew over 15 different types of planes to include 1100 hours in 4 types of jet aircraft. After retirement from the Air Force in 1967 he was employed by Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY. In 1984, he retired from Eastman Kodak and moved back to Virginia.
A funeral service was held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, September 4, 2008 at the Gillfield Baptist Church, 209 Perry Street, Petersburg, VA.
Interment in Arlington National Cemetery on October 30, 2008.
In lieu of flowers monetary donations may be made to Col. James R. Clark, Jr., c/o Howard L. Baugh Statue Fund, 20214 Sheffield Place, Ettrick, VA 20213.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of the J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., Petersburg, VA. www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com
Arlington National Cemetery
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Record added: Aug 23, 2008
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