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Sylvester Parrish of Dunbar was a Tuskegee Airman, a group of some of the first African Americans to serve as pilots or in ground support roles in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. After the war, Parrish operated an accounting business and was a trustee of the Payne African Methodist Episcopal Church in Connellsville.
Daily Courier: 07 December 1945
Local Airman Given Honorable Discharge
Patterson Field, Ohio - Dec. 7 - Sergeant Sylvester Parrish of Connellsville was honorably discharged from the Army Air forces recently after more than three year's service.
Entering the Army in February 1942 at Fort Meade, Maryland, he was stationed at Tuskegee Army Air Field, Alabama, where he was assigned to a duty as oxygen specialist on the flight line. Sergeant Parrish is the son of Clifton Parrish of Connellsville and is married to the former Miss Frances Barrette, of Dawson, Pennsylvania.