Friday, January 20, 2012

Lincoln J. RAGSDALE - Tuskegee Airmen


Lincoln J. RAGSDALE, a former citizen of Ardmore, Oklahoma was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. He volunteered for the armed services during World War II and like so many other men from Oklahoma fought for the ideals of freedom that was denied them in segregated Oklahoma.

With all of the buzz about this movie being released today I thought it appropriate to highlight his involvement in the war as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Ragsdale family did not have an ancestor enslaved in any of the Five Slave Holding Tribes but their impact on the community in Carter County was widespread.

His family operated funeral homes in several states beginning I believe in Arkansas prior to 1900. The family later moved to Ardmore and has operated funeral homes in Arizona and San Diego as well as Ardmore.

With the showing of "Red Tails" this weekend I thought it was apropos to put a face on the men this movie portrays.

You can read much more about this inspiring man at the link below.

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