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Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Los Angeles Chapter
Allie Geraldine "Jeri" Harshaw received recognition for earning the award for her service in support of the Tuskegee Airmen, black fighter pilots who endured racism to serve during World War II.She received the award in August.The award is the top honor given by Congress.During the 1940s, Harshaw was a physical therapy technician serving the Tuskegee Airmen near Columbus, Ohio.She
worked at various Air Force bases nationwide starting in the late 1940s and was transferred to Vandenberg Air Force Base in 1968, where she
retired in 1973.She has been a member of the Half Century Club since 1997.During her career, Harshaw received training in X-ray work and eventually became the first female master sergeant to retire from the Air Force with 30 years of service.
"I didn't know about it (the award) until they gave it to me," Harshaw
"I was surprised," Harshaw
"I feel very, very honored," Harshaw
said of the golden, coin-shaped award, complete with an engraving that symbolizes her
service with the Tuskegee Airmen