Veterans Day

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On this Veterans Day, the USC football team got a special visitor at today's afternoon team meeting.  Retired Maj. Levi Thornhill delivered words of wisdom from his time as a Tuskegee Airman during World War II.

Tuskegee-Airman.jpgHe recounted his own years playing football before entering the service.  He understands the physical and emotional sacrifice, so he could relate football to his experiences at war.

"You endure it because it is important to you," Thornhill addressed the assembled team.  "The Tuskegee Airmen were in the same position.  It was very important for us and we did not want to fail."

As America's first African-American military aviators, the Tuskegee Airmen were kept isolated from the rest of the servicemen.  Thornhill and his unit bonded into an elite aerial force.

"We worked together.  We got very close.  We did whatever was necessary.  These guys would go the extra mile.  You're lucky as a team to have that.  You'll never again have a group like this that you can depend on."  

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