WYLIE W. SELDEN Jr.

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WYLIE W. SELDEN, JR.  
Tuskegee Airman  

On Monday, December 17, 2012. Lt. Wylie W. Selden, Jr., World War II Tuskegee Airman passed away peacefully and comfortably at his Springhouse Assisted Living home in Silver Spring, MD. Wylie "Cool Papa" served primarily in the war in Europe. At age 93 he had a full and wonderous life; serving as a test pilot for planes such as the P40 Warhawk and the P-51 Mustang ("Red Tails") for the 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group.
 
After the war, Wylie successfully pursued several careers and retired after serving many rewarding years in the Howard University Alumni Affairs Department. He has been frequently recognized for his many years serving as a motivational speaker educating the public about the Tuskegee Airmen. In 2007, along with the original Tuskegee Airmen, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his WWII service. He was a special invitee to President Obama's initial inauguration as well as to a White House screening of the movie "Red Tails". In both occasions, he met the President personally and considered Mr. Obama as his "main man".
 
Wylie always kept loving memories of his mother Dahlia, and his father Wylie, Sr., a Norfolk, VA community activist and the key inspiration in Wylie's life. Cherishing his memory are members of the Selden and Joice families along with a host of other relatives, friends and admirers.
 
Services for Lt. Selden will be held on Thursday, December 27 at the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th Street NW, Washington, DC, 10 a.m. Viewing; 11 a.m. Service. Interment Maryland National Memorial Park, 13300 Baltimore Ave., Laurel, MD where he will join his lovely late wife, June Joice Selden, whom he has dearly missed.


Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 23, 2012
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