|Known throughout Cincinnati as “Don”, he grew up in the Walnut Hills area. He graduated from Withrow High School and was a star athlete in track. He joined the Armed Forces in the fall of 1942. His test scores made him eligible to become a pilot and he was assigned to the Tuskegee Army Air Field. On October 16, 1944 He graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant at Tuskegee Army Air Field Class 44-I1-SE (single engine). He became a Wingman in the now famous 99th Fighter Squadron led by Benjamin O. Davis Jr. The 99th was a part of the 477th Composite Group at Godman Field, KY.After leaving the Air Force, Don worked for the United States Post Office in Cincinnati. Following that, he was a salesman for the Hudepohl Brewing Company for 35 years. He has served on the Trustee Board at Mt. Zion Methodist Church and is past President of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen.