fuller_2012Will Howell Fuller

Edgecombe County native Will Howell Fuller was born in 1919 on a family farm that had belonged to his paternal great grandparents. He graduated from Tarboro Colored High School in 1937 and attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. While at Tuskegee, where he would earn two degrees. Fuller joined the training for pilots and became one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. He was just 22 when he began service as a 2nd L . from 1942 to 1947 as part of the 99th Fighter Squadron European Theater and flew 76 combat missions. He received an Air Medal with Oak Leaf. After the war, Fuller and his wife made their home in Georgia. There Will operated the first black cab company in the LaGrange community. He also was a flight instructor for civilians. Fuller and his family moved to Florida where he became District Executive for the South Florida Council of Boy Scouts. Before his death on Jan. 2, 1995, Fuller was recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus for his leadership in World War II, was honored by the Metro Dade County Aviation Department for his role as a Tuskegee Airman and for his pioneering efforts for the advancement of Blacks in Aviation, and he was featured in a historical display at the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium in Miami Florida. His home church of Union Baptist in Tarboro dedicated a Memorial Fellowship Room in his memory.

Inducted into Hall of Fame 2012