Retired Sgt. Victor W. Butler isn’t asking for an excessive amount of forward of his one hundredth birthday. He needs birthday playing cards and to have fun this momentous milestone by studying inspiring and celebratory messages.
The Rhode Island native, who served as one of many Tuskegee Airmen from 1941 to 1946, turns 100 on Could 21. Based on CBS 42, Butler is believed to be one in all the final surviving Tuskegee Airmen in Rhode Island.
“I’ll let you know one factor: It’s nice to get to 100 years previous, however once you’re 100, there’s not a lot you need,” mentioned Butler, who labored as a mechanic within the warfare. “There aren’t too many issues that can make you cheerful than listening to from individuals and speaking for individuals.”
Though his dream to develop into a pilot didn’t pan out, Butler was among the many courageous Tuskegee Airmen, also called the “The Purple Tails,” who served between 1940 and 1948. Throughout his appointment as plane mechanic, Butler labored on a number of the legendary planes utilized by Black fighter pilots hovering the skies on missions.
Butler liked being part of historical past, however segregation posed a problem for Black troopers in Tuskegee, Alabama, on the time.
“Being in Tuskegee, Alabama, it wasn’t very acceptable to white individuals for Black troopers to be strolling round,” he instructed WJAR.
Since then, his service with the famed-flying airmen garnered him many hours and awards, together with cash.
Forward of his one hundredth birthday, Butler’s request has circulated, having already acquired over 500 playing cards, CBS 42 reported. The playing cards, despatched from individuals all throughout the nation, have introduced Butler a lot enjoyment.
“Oh, I’ll learn each one in all them,” he claimed.
“What’s particular about it? It’s particular simply sitting and studying them,” Butler added. “All of them have good letters with them. A few of them have been very inspiring. It makes me really feel nice.”
The veteran was not too long ago acknowledged by the Rhode Island Home of Representatives for his trailblazing contributions as a household man and businessman.
“Mr. Butler has at all times been a hard-working man who at all times strived tirelessly to supply for his household and family members,” a decision from the Rhode Island Home of Representatives learn. “Mr. Butler was the primary African-American to work for Brown and Sharpe and labored for the corporate for 34 years. Mr. Butler was additionally a profitable businessman who owned and operated the Victor Butler Automated Screw Machine Restore firm for 18 years.”
Butler is married and serves because the elder of 5 kids, eight grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
“Simply take pleasure in life as it’s. Be grateful,” he suggested. “I’m grateful that I’ve a pleasant spouse, and a pleasant house to dwell in.”
Butler requests that birthday playing cards be mailed to the next handle:
Victor W. Butler
C/O Gary Butler
P.O. Field. 3523
Cranston, RI 02910