Charles William Ledbetter

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Charles William Ledbetter
RETURN AT DAWN. T-Sgt. Charles W. Ledbetter, 705 East Stewart Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, is shown as he returned shortly... - NARA - 542358.tif
Charles W. Ledbetter in Korea, July 1951
Born (1922-04-05)April 5, 1922
Died July 23, 2003(2003-07-23) (aged 81)
Buried Riverside National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1942–1972
Rank Master sergeant
Unit 332d Fighter Group
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War

Charles William Ledbetter (April 5, 1922 – July 23, 2003) was one of the Tuskegee Airmen, retiring from the United States Air Force as a master sergeant after 30 years of active service. During his tenure, he participated in World War II, the Korean War (where he flew night missions in B-26 bombers as an engineer and gunner as part of the 3rd Bomb Wing), and in Vietnam.

In 2006, Ledbetter and the Tuskegee Airmen were honored with a Congressional Gold Medal.[1]

He is interred at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "3 Local Tuskegee Airmen Receive Belated Congressional Gold Medals," Black Voices News[not in citation given]
  2. ^ Press-Enterprise
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