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Frank Macon (1923–2020), Tuskegee Airman

by Linnea Crowther

Frank Macon was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Black pilots and support staff who served with distinction in World War II.

Serving his country

Macon was in high school when the U.S. entered World War II. Having been fascinated with aviation all his life, he joined the Civil Air Patrol, aiding in the war effort until he could join the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. Macon trained with Tuskegee’s Class 45A, but an incident during flight training left him with ruptured eardrums that took almost a year to heal. He was unable to fight in World War II due to the injury and long recovery. Macon later worked at Fort Carson military base, retiring after 23 years as head of aircraft maintenance.

Notable quote

“There’s a zillion people on the face of the earth and every last one of them is different. It’s just the way we were made. Everybody has some little niche that they’re good at and can do. And if we put that to work, we can really accomplish a lot of things. There’s no place where one group of people are better than another group. Just do your best. Even when times get hard, you just keep going.” —from a 2019 interview for 176th Wing

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Full obituary: The Gazette

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