On February 27, James Abraham told the story of seven African Americans from Punta Gorda who served in WW II and the Korean War. About 50 attendees heard the incredible and heroic stories of these seven brothers.
“What happened after the war to the Bailey Brothers? They were forgotten because that’s the way things were done back then.” James Abraham stated. “After Don Moore’s story in the Charlotte Sun things started to change. The name of the Punta Gorda Airport terminal was named the Bailey Terminal. Charles Bailey Park was built in Punta Gorda. The recognition is coming but it took 50 years.”
On Don Moore’s Facebook Page “Don Moore’s War Tales” he states he writes about veterans who are “the soul(s) of America.” It was Don Moore’s investigative research that brought to life the story of the Bailey Brothers. “All of the Bailey Brothers were pretty special,” Don Moore said.
Lt. Charles Bailey was the first black aviator from Florida to become a Tuskegee Airmen flying 133 combat missions.
Corporal Arthur Bailey served in the Marine Corps and spent time on Iwo Jima.
E-5 Harding C. Bailey, Sr. served aboard the USS Mason, a destroyer escort during World War II.
E-4 Berlin J. Bailey, Sr. served in the Pacific Theater during the war.
Pfc. Paul Bailey was a chaplain’s assistant assigned to the Western Pacific during WW II.
Lt. Carl A. Bailey was too young for WWII, but went on to fly jets in the Korean War.
Sgt. Maurice M. Bailey, the eldest of the nine Bailey children, served his country in World War II and in Korea.
This memorial marker at Charlotte County airport honors the contributions of the Bailey brothers to the fabric of Punta Gorda, Florida and the United States.