Expert in red ink served in Red Tails unit

first_imgA movie that opened this weekend tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a unit of black aviators who made history during World War II.But “Red Tails,” a film by George Lucas, doesn’t tell all the stories … certainly not that of Emmett Rice, a Camas resident who died 10 months ago.“Red Tails” focuses on the pilots who protected U.S. bombers from German fighters in the skies over Europe.Rice’s assignment didn’t put him in the cockpit of a P-51 Mustang; it put him in Harvard Business School.After Rice died March 10, 2011, at the age of 91, his obituary noted that he had been an officer of the Tuskegee Airmen. He served primarily in managerial and accounting roles in the United States, it said.Rice, who moved to Camas in 1998, was not a typical Army draftee. He’d graduated from City College of New York in 1941, and received a master’s degree in business administration a year later.Rice gave a fuller account of his World War II service for an oral history project at the University of California at Berkeley.In the interview archived at Cal’s Bancroft Library, Rice told Gabrielle Norris how he was selected for officer training school. It was a two-part course, starting with the basics of military leadership and organizational management.last_img read more