Leroy Roberts, Jr. was the oldest of eight children. He grew up in Toccoa, Georgia and was valedictorian of his
high school. LeRoy earned a B.S. from San Francisco State College.
Prior to his civilian career, Leroy retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel and was one of the
distinguished aviators in World War II, known as the Tuskegee Airmen. He flew 42 missions against the
enemy and served as a fighter pilot with the 332nd Fighter Group in Italy.
As a flight commander in the Korean War, he led 106 missions against the enemy in support of the United
Nations' effort. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with one cluster, the Air Medal with
eleven clusters and the Air Force Commendation with one cluster. In May of 2007, the Tuskegee Airmen
received the Congressional Medal of Honor for their exemplary service and bravery in World War II.
Leroy was a gifted speaker who provided insight into the historic contribution and sacrifices the Tuskegee
Airmen made for the freedom we all enjoy as Americans. As the first President of the Sam Bruce Chapter,
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., he championed the Tuskegee Airmen National Scholarship Foundation as well as the
chapter’s college scholarship program, which provides graduating high school students funds to pursue STEM