|Mister Saunders and Speaker Batchelder|
COLUMBUS—Today, the Ohio House of Representatives welcomed First Lieutenant Arthur Saunders of the U.S. Army Air Corps during House session. Lt. Saunders, a Tuskegee Airman of the 477th Bombardment Group, is one of only 300 remaining living members who comprised a unit of all-black pilots—the first in U.S. military history.“Lieutenant Saunders is an authentic hero of World War II, a man whose service reflected credit on the United States of America,” said Speaker William G. Batchelder (R-Medina). “He served at a time when African American servicemen were denied proper recognition for their dedication to this nation. The Tuskegee Airmen played a crucial role in our nation’s and world’s history, and I was honored and humbled to present Lt. Saunders, a great American, to the Ohio House.”A graduate of , Lt. Saunders had served in an executive position as an architect and director of the Ralph Taylor Companies – Architecture and Civil Engineering, whose world headquarters are located in . He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush in 2007. He lives in Cleveland and turned 91 on June 12th.