Oliver Goodall

Pasadena Post Office To Be Named After Local WWII Airman

Oliver Goodall, an Altadena veteran who served with the Tuskegee Airmen, was once arrested for joining 60 other black officers in an attempt to integrate an all-white officers' club.

Oliver Goodall, an Altadena postal worker and veteran who served with the famous Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, will be the namesake for a Pasadena post office location following the House passing of a bill today from Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.

The Post Office location at 281 E. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena will be called the “First Lieutenant Oliver Goodall Post Office,” according to a release from Schiff's office. 

Goodall entered the service as a pilot in 1943.  He was also among 60 black U.S. Army Air Corps officers arrested for trying to peacefully integrate an all-white officers’ club, according to Schiff's office. The incident, called the Freeman Field Mutiny, became part of the inspiration for the movement to racially integrate the armed forces. 

“I am so pleased that the House passed this legislation to honor Oliver Goodall, a great patriot who always exhibited perseverance in the face of adversity,” Rep. Schiff said in a statement. “His courageous life story, as well as his legacy of service lives on and inspires us all. His dedication to helping others had a truly positive impact on our community, and for that we are very fortunate.” 

Source: http://altadena.patch.com 7/30/2011
Jim West
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