Fred Cherry Vietnam POW

Black Patriot Down

Fred Cherry, the African American U.S. Air Force pilot who spent seven years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, has passed away at 87. With all due respect to Joe Louis, Fred Cherry was the real Brown Bomber.

Born in Suffolk, Virginia, Fred Cherry experienced racial prejudice and segregation first hand but did not let it hold him back from achievement. He graduated from Virginia Union University in 1951 and joined the U.S. Air Force. A skilled pilot, Cherry would soon be flying combat missions over Stalinist North Korea.

  • simus1

    A lot of the famous and quiet heroes had one thing in common in their terrible wartime situations. They had received little in their early lives but were never found wanting when it counted.
    Seven years – My God.

    • It is a remarkable thing to have survived.

      • simus1

        The overall “attrition rate” for all POWs held by all communist regimes tended to hover around 90%.

  • Clausewitz

    I imagine Obama will not be going to his funeral either. Not his type of black.

  • DD_Austin

    experienced racial prejudice and segregation
    also experienced racial prejudice and “affirmative” action

    Would this even be a story without the race card?

    I doubt it would be, though it should be

    and heres another sterotype busting arsekicker

    that would got have a statue of himself

    if he was black, or yellow or red, or a woman, or a fag

    Too bad he was white