Tuskegee Airmen Biographies
CMSgt. Lenard Lebaron Yates was born March 30, 1925 in Mobile, Alabama, the only child of
Lawrence and Lida Helen Yates. He grew up in Mobile and graduated from Dunbar High
School May 28, 1943. He played trumpet in the High School Band .
After high school he entered Tuskegee Institute and enlisted in US Army Air Corps ROTC ,
2164 Army Air Force Base Reserve Unit and remained there 1943 – 1945. On April 29, 1944
he was appointed as Cadet Sergeant in the Tuskegee Institute Unit of the ROTC. During his
course of study at Tuskegee Institute he received certificate of training in Inventory
Management in General Sciences and also Inventory Management Supervision, and received
Certificate in Civilian Air Mechanic Training February 1, 1945 working on P47’s and P51’s,
trained in Engineering, Science and Management War Training Course February 16, 1945
through May 9, 1945 and received certificate.
Lenard also received pilot training and
Pilots License in 1944 .
On November 20, 1945 released from his duties as Airplane
Mechanic at Tuskegee Institute.
On December 12, 1945 Lenard enlisted in Army Air Corp and from 1945 – 1975 he was
assigned to different Air Bases where his primary specialty was USAF Supply Specialist .
On August 31, 1975 he retired from active duty and Reserves for a total of 30 years.
At Northrop Aircraft Corporation , Hawthorne, CA in 1976 he coordinated and provided
training to Royal Saudi Air Force personnel as Inventory Management Specialist.
He, then, worked at McDonnell Douglas Services, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri as Maintenance
Material Control Supervisor, Foreign, where he coordinated all phases of training for Royal
Saudi Air Force (RSAF) trainees. He retired effective May 1981.
Lenard was married to Gloria Amerian Yates (Deceased) for 55 years. They had two children,
a son, Kevin Michael Yates (Deceased) and a daughter, Vallerie Yates ,3 grandchildren and 3
great-grandchildren. His place of residency is Rancho Cordova, CA.
Lenard’s favorite hobby is fishing. His biggest catch was 50 lb. Halibut. Football is a close
Lenard is proud to be a Documented Original Tuskegee Airman and a member of the
George S. “Spanky” Roberts Chapter .
Chapter Public Relations Officer
TSgt. Boyd Taylor, USAF (Ret.) was born October 20, 1918 in Jackson, Alabama to Mattie and
Pomerley Taylor in a family of 9 children, 6 girls and 3 boys. He was the 8th child. His sister,
Mary Hill, and he are the only survivors. He attended grammar school and later earned his
high school diploma . He was drafted into U.S. Army Air Corps on July 25, 1942 and went
through basic training at Fort Bennings, Georgia. After basic training he was assigned to
Hendricks Field, Florida where he attended Air and Engine School.
On August 2, 1946 Boyd was assigned to 318th Army Air Force Base Unit, Lockbourne Army
Air Base, Columbus, Ohio and then to 477th Composite Group, Lockbourne AAB, Columbus,
Ohio, performing as Airplane Maintenance Technician and Airplane Power Plant Mechanic at
332nd Fighter Group, Lockbourne Army Air Base in Ohio until October 1949. On April 12, 1951
upon promotion to Technical Sergeant he received assignment to Hamilton Air Force Base in
California. On April 29, 1951 Boyd was placed in flying status as Aerial Engineer on B29’s and
C47’s participating in regular and frequent flights as a crew member on flights monitoring
radar operations from Canada to Mexico.
On October 2, 1963 after over 20 years of service Boyd retired in October 1963 from military
service and began a second career as Mobile Equipment Metal Mechanic at the Presidio Army
Base, San Francisco, and retired in July 1983 after a total of 37 years of Military and Civil
Boyd enjoys reading, watching sports and politics and most of all, exercising daily and living a
health-conscious life. He sincerely believes in helping young people to get a good education
which he feels is a part of his mission as a Tuskegee Airman.
He resided in San Francisco with his first wife, Ida Taylor until Ida’s death in 2001 after
60 years of marriage. They had one son, Robert Taylor (Deceased). Boyd has 2 married
grandsons, Brandon Taylor and Troy Taylor and 5 great-grandchildren, ages 2 to 17 years of
Boyd married Gloria Jones on December 20, 2007 in Sacramento, CA where they presently
reside and are members of the George S.”Spanky” Roberts Chapter. They attended the
ceremony on March 29, 2007 when the Tuskegee Airmen, as a group, were awarded the
Congressional Gold Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush and the US Congress
inside the Rotunda of the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C. . Over 300 Documented Original
Tuskegee Airmen received bronze replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal.
Gloria Taylor, Chapter Public Relations Officer, (916) 285-8624 email@example.com