OSHKOSH - Men from the nation's first African American fighter pilot group are in Oshkosh this week.
Members of the original Tuskegee Airmen traveled from across the country to be honored Wednesday night for their heroic service.
We may know their story, and have seen the iconic Red Tail fighter planes they flew, but at AirVenture, we get to see the faces.
The faces of those, who some say, wrote one of the most important chapters in American and aviation history.
"We drove off the German fighters that came down for the bombers and that is how we got our reputation, one line says, we never lost a bomber to enemy fighters," explained Tuskegee Airman Robert Martin.
Ninty-three-year-old Robert Martin, nicknamed "Fox," was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen.
He served as a pilot in World War II, and was stationed in Italy.
Martin, as well as more than a dozen original Tuskegee Airmen were honored at a special tribute ceremony on EAA grounds Wednesday night.
The men say their legacy is simple.
"We can do anything, that anybody else can do," Martin said.
"What kids think they can do, they can do, all they have to do is do it," said Beverly Dunjill, Tuskegee Airman.
The men say they're honored to be part of such a special tribute.
And despite the hurdles they've had to overcome, they still don't call themselves heroes.
"We were ordinary people, nothing exceptional and people called us heroes, but at the time, it was just a matter of survival, that's all," Dunjill said.
"We gave the groups we escorted the confidence that we were not going to leave them to enemy fighters, so maybe they flew their missions better, but I know they flew them with confidence that somebody cared about them," Martin explained.
The men will be at AirVenture for the rest of the week.
Two men from the remaining Doolittle Raiders were also honored at the ceremony Wednesday night.
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