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Document Details


Title: Harry W. Leavell
Local code: AFC/2001/001/2658
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Collection: Veterans History Project
Description: Harry Leavell's aspirations to become a fighter pilot in World War II were dashed by personal setbacks. He trained at Tuskegee, the legendary school that produced the famed eponymous airmen, noting how important Colonel Benjamin O. Davis and his West-Point bred code of honor were for the men's morale. Leavell lost both of his parents to natural causes early in his military career, and he admits he also lost his zeal for flying. But he became an engineer and served an important support role in the Pacific Theater. He also saw first-hand many incidents of subtle and overt racism designed to hold back his colleagues.
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Leavell, Harry W., 1919-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 9-Mar-1919
Speaker place of birth: Richmond, IN; Indiana; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Elsener, Elizabeth
Organizations discussed: Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, AL; U.S. Army Air Force, 1918-1947
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Alabama; Guam; Mariana Islands; North America; Oceania; Tuskegee, AL; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Air pilots, Military; Alabama; Guam; Mariana Islands; North America; Oceania; Oral history; Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, AL; Tuskegee, AL; U.S. Army Air Force, 1918-1947; United States; United States--Armed Forces; United States--Armed Forces--African Americans; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--African Americans; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
ASP release: 2007-01
Document code: OHI0034699-39199