Endeavour Primary Learning Center students received a surprise visit at their Career Day event on May 22, 2015, from Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Leo R. Gray, who impressed students and staff with stories and memories of his fighter pilot days in the celebrated Red Tails black unit during World War II.
Lt. Col. Gray joined the Army Air Corps and began his aviation cadet training in 1943. Little more than a year later he graduated from the Tuskegee Army Airfield as a 2nd Lieutenant, single engine pilot. He arrived in Italy in March 1945 and flew 15 combat missions before the war ended while assigned to the 100th Pursuit Squadron. He eventually amassed a total of 750 flight hours. He left active duty in 1946, but remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1984.
At the conclusion of Career Day, Lt. Col. Gray presented Principal Denise Lawrence with an autographed photo of himself taken in a P-51 before leaving for a combat mission in Italy, and thanked the students, faculty and staff for their warm welcome.