21 Jun '16, 12am
Tuskegee Airman, Marvelous Mal, laid to rest @ArlingtonNatl
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Malvin Greston Whitfield, a Tuskegee Airman and two-time Olympian known as "Marvelous Mal," was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery during a full honors military funeral, June 8. Whitfield, who was 91 when he died last November, joined the United States Army Air Forces in 1943 as a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American pilots who fought in World War II, and flew 27 combat missions during World War II and the Korean War. Whitfield also enrolled at Ohio State University and ran track for the school while simultaneously serving in the military, the start of an illustrious career in athletics. He achieved success and celebrity during the 1948 Olympic Games in London, where he won two gold medals for track: one as a member of the 4 by 400 meter relay team and another for his record-setting time in the 800 meters. He also took...