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Memorial Service Planned For Central Coast Man Who Was Tuskegee Airman

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One of the famous red-tailed P-51 fighters flown by the Tuskegee Airmen

He was one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, and later became an educator and civil rights leader on the Central Coast.

A memorial service will be held at Vandenberg Air Force Base this weekend for Dr. Arthur Hicks.

During World War II, Hicks was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airman, a distinguished unit of African-American pilots in a mostly segregated U.S. military.

After the war, he served nearly three decades in the Air Force as a Master Sergeant, retiring while serving at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Hicks pursued his education, getting a master’s degree and becoming a teacher in Lompoc. He also became a civil rights leader, fighting to desegregate the local Elks Lodge.

The memorial service will be at 1:30 Saturday, at the Vandenberg Air Force Base Chapel. He'll be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  Hicks was 95 years old.

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