Centenarian Tuskegee Airman Honored


Discovery Princess Capt. John Smith and Princess Cruises President John Padgett greet retired Lt. Col. James H. Harvey III, a former Tuskegee airman, as he boarded the cruise ship on Sunday, May 21, 2023 in Seattle, to celebrate his upcoming 100th birthday. (Stephen Brashear/AP Images for Princess Cruises)
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In a heartwarming celebration of bravery and service, Princess Cruises proudly hosted a special guest onboard the magnificent Discovery Princess as it set sail from Seattle. Lieutenant Colonel James H. Harvey III, a revered member of the renowned Tuskegee Airmen, embarked on this exceptional voyage to Alaska, marking an early commemoration of his 100th birthday.

Having broken down racial barriers as a distinguished African American pilot during World War II, Lt. Col. Harvey was warmly greeted by the esteemed McChord Field Honor Guard, who paid tribute to his extraordinary achievements with a traditional presentation of colors.

Adding to the joyous occasion, the crew of the Discovery Princess surprised Lt. Col. Harvey with a birthday cake, while the entire ship’s company united in heartfelt well-wishes for his special day. It was a truly unforgettable moment that honored a true hero.

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