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Tuskegee Airman to appear in Reno
by Tribune Staff
Dec 27, 2011 | 1899 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Residents will have a chance to meet a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the first corps of black men to serve in the Army Air Corps during World War II, on Jan. 20 at the Nevada Air National Guard facility.

Lenard Lebaron Yates was born March 30, 1925, in Mobile, Ala. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps ROTC, 2164 Army Air Force Base Reserve, and entered the Tuskeegee Institute. On April 29, 1944, he was appointed as cadet sergeant in the institute’s unit of the ROTC.

Yates also received pilot training and a pilot’s license in 1944. Released from his duties as an airplane mechanic at Tuskegee Institute Nov. 20, 1945, Yates enlisted in Army Air Corps and, from December 1945 to 1975, was assigned to different air bases where his primary specialty was as a supply specialist. On Aug. 31, 1975, he retired from active duty and reserves after 30 years.

Tickets to the event to meet Yates cost $10. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 20 at 1776 National Guard Way in Reno. Admission includes refreshments, a tour of the Air Guard facility and a ticket to the movie “Red Tails” on any day at a local Cinemark theater.

The event is sponsored by Our Story, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing the stories of northern Nevada’s unsung heroes, and the Nevada Air National Guard with assistance from Cinemark.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 741-4869 or visit

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