WATCH: Tuskegee airman receives thousands of cards for 100th birthday
Retired Sgt. Victor Butler, who was a mechanic for the Tuskegee Airmen, received thousands of birthday cards for his 100th birthday.
The member of the group of legendary black military pilots who made history in World War II by breaking segregation barriers had asked for cards to mark the special birthday.
Butler received mail from 41 different states for the occasion on May 21, according to a report from WUSA9, which noted that his wife and daughter helped him go through the mail.
“They will explain that they realize what he went through and they apologize for their ancestors — that makes you feel good to know that Daddy actually made a change,” Butler’s daughter said.
Some of the cards asked if Butler is single.
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“Whoever is interested in him, I’m sorry, he’s married and we’re happy,” his wife said with a chuckle.
Butler now lives in Rhode Island. He is believed to be one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, as fellow airman Charles McGee died in February at the age of 102.
While Butler has received several awards documenting his achievements, he asked for cards for his birthday and promised to read each one.
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“It’s just another day that’s all,” Butler said. “Oh, I’ll read every one of them.”
Birthday cards and wishes can still be mailed to Victor W. Butler, in the care of Gary Butler at P.O. box 3523, Cranston, Rhode Island, 02910.