Col. Francis L. Horne, Sr.

(24 Feb 1922, West Palm Beach, FL - 08 Jan 2014, Abingdon, PA)

Tuskegee Institute; Hampton Institute: B. S.

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1970 Anchor June 25, 2001
Francis Horne was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen -- a segregated unit who fought with high acclaim in World War II --
and he recently received a ride in an F-15 fighter plane. He is helped with his seat belt during a training session before his flight by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Carroll.

Left to right: Air National Guard Lt. Col. Mary-Thom Williams, Francis L. Horne, and Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Cleveland Wiltz pose for a photo at the Defense Department’s African-American History Month observance at Hampton University, Va., Feb. 21, 2007

Courtesy of Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 02/23/05
Thanks, Tim!
U.S. AIR FORCE (June 29, 2001)

Courtesy of Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 02/23/05
WOWZERONI!  Thanks, Tim!
Image by Gerry J. Gilmore;
Courtesy of


This is Francis Horne or Colonel Horne as we knew him at NNHS. Most people knew he was a Tuskegee Airman,
and every time I read or see a documentary of the historic group, I remember this popular teacher.

- Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 02/23/05
WOW!  Thanks, Tim!

American Forces Press Services - 

DoD Salutes African-American Servicemembers for Wartime Service

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

HAMPTON, Va., Feb. 22, 2007 – The Defense Department recognized 11 African-American servicemen and women for their service in the global war against terrorism at a ceremony held at Hampton University here yesterday.

The servicemembers received certificates signed and presented by Clarence A. Johnson, DoD’s principal director and director for civilian equal employment opportunity within the department’s office of diversity management and equal opportunity.

The recognition ceremony is part of annual DoD-sponsored African-American History Month workshops and seminars that reach out to students attending historically black colleges and universities to demonstrate the diverse and rewarding civilian and military careers DoD has to offer. Last year’s event was held at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

About five years ago, the Pentagon began making annual road trips to “alert and make aware to the HBCU community those opportunities for employment” in DoD or for conducting business with the department, Johnson said.

The theme for DoD’s 2007 African-American History Month observance and outreach activities is “Reaching Out to Youth: A Strategy for Excellence.”

The United States military has taken the lead in equal opportunity, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Newman, adjutant general of the Virginia National Guard, which is a co-sponsor of the two-day Hampton University event. Race or ethnic makeup is irrelevant within the U.S. military, Newman said.

“What matters is that you’re able to serve your country in time of peril,” the two-star general emphasized. “Performance is all that counts,” he said.

William R. Harvey, Hampton University’s president since 1978, is an Army veteran and a lieutenant colonel in the inactive reserve. He praised the servicemembers in attendance and cited the importance of leadership and teamwork to success.

“I salute you,” Harvey told the servicemembers.

Harvey also welcomed Maj. Gen. John R. Hawkins III, the Army’s assistant deputy chief of staff for mobility and reserve affairs, who attended the ceremony. Harvey pointed out that Hawkins’ son, John, who is a doctor, is a Hampton University graduate.

Marine 1st Lt. Cory L. Holiday, 26, was one of the 11 servicemembers recognized at the ceremony. Holiday, from Tallahassee, Fla., noted he’d served a tour of duty as a perimeter and convoy security specialist at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq from August 2005 to April 2006. Confronting America’s enemies in places like Iraq or Afghanistan is part of being a military professional, he said.

“We’re there because we’re told to go. That’s our job,” Holiday pointed out.

The event also featured two World War II-era African-American military luminaries: James Rudy Carter, 85, one of the first African-American Marines, and Francis L. Horne Sr., 85, a graduate of the famed Tuskegee Institute, who served as an aircraft radio repairman.

Carter earned first sergeant’s stripes in 1944 after less than two years in the Marines, becoming one of the highest-ranking enlisted African-Americans in the Corps before the military services were desegregated in 1948.

“The military is way out in front of the civilian population in terms of equal opportunity,” said Carter, who later left the Marines.

Horne went on to earn a commission from Hampton University’s ROTC program in 1948. Horne retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel.

The two veterans met with the young servicemembers after the recognition ceremony and swapped stories.

“This event is outstanding. I’m overwhelmed by it,” Horne said.

Other servicemembers honored at the ceremony include:

-- Army Maj. Christopher V. Wynder, for outstanding military police service in Yongsan, South Korea.

-- Army Maj. Norman A. Morton, for outstanding supply support in southeastern Baghdad, November 2005-06.

-- Navy Lt. Cmdr. Pamela Theorgood, for outstanding contracting support in Baghdad.

-- Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Linda J. Cline, for outstanding service with Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, from April to September 2006.

-- Marine Sgt. Tracy Moye, for outstanding legal assistance work at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, from December 2004 through June 2005.

-- Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Cleveland Wiltz, for outstanding medical support at Baghdad International Airport.

-- Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Zarrod A. Beck, for outstanding leadership during Operation Enduring Freedom and Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

-- Air National Guard Lt. Col. Mary-Thom Williams, for outstanding inspection results and achieving recruitment goals.

-- Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Keith N. Johnson, for outstanding port security program at Fort Eustis, Va.

-- Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis R. Williams, for outstanding training of Iraqi and Kuwaiti Navy personnel in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Williams is currently deployed.

Added 04/23/08

Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Off we go into the wild blue yonder
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At'em boys, giv'er the gun!
Down we dive spouting our flames from under,
Off with one hell-uv-a roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame,
Nothing'll stop the US Air Force!

Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder
Sent it high into the blue
Hands of men blasted the world asunder,
How they live God only knew!
Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer
Gave us wings ever to soar,
With scouts before and bombers galore,
Nothing can stop the US Air Force!

Here's a toast to the host of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send the message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast the US Air Force.
Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true!

If you'd live to be a gray haired wonder,
Keep your nose out of the blue!
Flying men guarding our nation's borders,
We'll be there followed by more,
In echelon we carry on!
Nothing'll stop the US Air Force!

(This page created at the suggestion of Tim Parsons ('73) of VA on 02/23/05.)

"Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder" midi courtesy of - 07/01/04

"Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder" lyrics courtesy of - 07/02/04

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Army and Air Force Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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