NOEL F. PARRISH
On 7 June 1941, Lt. Col. Noel F. Parrish was assigned as one of the faculty members of the newly established primary flying school at Tuskegee Institute. Shortly thereafter he transferred to the Air Corps Advanced Flying School at Tuskegee Army Air Field where he served as Director of Training. (Tuskegee Army Flying School yearbook AFHRA call number 289.28-100)
While serving as commanding officer of the flying school, Lt. Col. Parrish allowed more desegregation of the facilities on the field than his predecessors and skillfully guided the airmen through flight training and into combat amid segregation and prejudice. (Tuskegee Army flying School Yearbook AFHRA call number 289.28-100, and Jakeman)
Historians generally give credit to Colonel Noel F. Parrish, Commander of Tuskegee Field from 1942-1946, for having improved morale by reducing the amount of segregation and overcrowding and improving relations with both blacks and whites in the town of Tuskegee.
The record of the Airmen became a major factor in President Harry S. Truman’s decision to desegregate the U. S. Military.
BRIGADIER GENERAL NOEL F. PARRISH AWARD
The Brigadier General Noel F. Parrish Award is presented annually by Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., at the National Convention. The Award recipient must be a member in good standing, nominated by his or her Chapter’s nominating committee, for outstanding acts that “enhanced” equal access to knowledge, skills and opportunities” for a person or entity during the award year. It consists of a gold medallion, a certificate of achievement and a five hundred dollar cash award.
Dr. Florence T. Parrish-St. John, widow of General Parrish makes the presentation.
HUBERT L. “HOOKS” JONES CHAPTER PARRISH AWARD WINNERS
2011 - JAMES H. HARVEY III
1999 - WILLIAM ‘ERIC’ MOSLEY
1995 - JOHN H. SMITH
1989 - FITZROY ‘BUCK’ NEWSUM