Tuskegee Airman Wants Cards For 100th Birthday


One of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen is hoping his next birthday on May 21 will be one to be remembered by thousands. Sgt. Victor Butler, who was a mechanic for the famed squadron, is asking people to send him a card. Not a Facebook post or a Twitter message or a dancing cat video, an actual card in an envelope in the mail. “Oh I’ll read every one of them,” Butler told WCVB TV. The cards can be sent to Victor Butler ℅ Gary Butler, P.O. Box 3523, Cranston, Rhode Island, 02910.

Butler wanted to fight the Nazis when war broke out in Europe and was willing to go to some lengths to make that happen, but his parents were not enthused. “At first, I was going to join the Canadian Air Force with a friend of mine, but after I had signed up my mother and father wouldn’t approve of it,” Butler said. “So I joined with the American Air Force.”

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. I’ll get it in the mail tomorrow!

    God bless this man and the other members of The Greatest Generation who literally saved the world.

    I am the child of Holocaust survivors, I am the first generation of my family born in America.

    If not for Mr. Butler and his compatriots, my parents would have gone up the chimneys at Auschwitz like most of their families