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William H Accoo


William Accoo fought with distinction for the 332nd Fighter Group, 99th Fighter Squadron during its World War II campaigns in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. For his service he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in 2007 by Congressman Frank LoBiondoin Salem.

In the 1963 he was sworn in as Salem city's first black councilman, a position he held until 1966.


Units served with

  • 332nd Fighter Group
  • 99th Fighter Squadron

    99th Fighter Squadron

    The 99th was originally formed as the Army Air Force's first African American fighter squadron, then known the 99th Pursuit Squadron. The personnel received their initial flight training at Tuskegee, Alabama earning them the nickname Tuskegee Airmen....


Event Location Date
Born 14 October 1914
Lived in Salem, NJ, USA 1914 – 2008

Exact dates not yet known

Died 27 August 2008

Aged 93

Served in Italy


Date Contributor Update
08 October 2017 18:28:50 mvandemark Changes to unit associations

Updated unit information.

Date Contributor Update
24 November 2015 12:44:28 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events and media associations

Obituary published in the Today's Sunbeam on August 29, 2008 has been reproduced on William Accoo's Findagrave entry: