GenPhar 'checkmate'

John Dong, inside the still unfinished GenPhar offices in Mount Pleasant, said he is 'open for any suggestions' that would allow his company to finish construction.

CHARLESTON — A Tuskegee Airman from South Carolina is to be honored at a Charleston elementary school.

Edward Gibson of Charleston is scheduled to appear Friday at a Charleston school. The 89-year-old Gibson was a bombardier-navigator who did some of his training in nearby Walterboro.

The airmen were the first black military pilots to serve in the U.S. military. They trained at a segregated air base in Tuskegee, Ala., and were supported by black men and women on the ground. Their exploits were recently chronicled in the movie “Red Tails.”

The Tuskegee Airmen were not allowed to fight alongside their white counterparts. They earned respect for their success in escorting bombers during the war and distinguished themselves by painting the tails of their planes red.