John William Mosley, Jr.

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At Manual he was an honor student, class valedictorian, Merit Scholarship winner and lettered in wrestling and football. He obtained his undergraduate education at Colorado State College in Fort Collins, Colorado where he was the first African American to play football in the Big Seven Conference and to win a regional wrestling championship.

After graduation, Mosley was drafted into the U.S. Army Field Artillery unit despite the fact that he held a private pilot's license and wished to be an Air Force pilot. Eventually he was transferred and enrolled in flight training at Tuskegee Army Air Force Base, an isolated U.S. Army Air Corps training complex for African Americans. Mosley achieved the rating of a Command Pilot. Under the command of Col. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., the Tuskegee Airmen fought in the aerial war over North African, Sicily and Europe. Mosley elected to return to civilian life in 1946, maintaining his commission as a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Reserve.

Mosley married his high school friend, Edna Wilson, in 1945.

They have four children:
Edna Lorette, John Gregory, Brian Wilson, and William Eric.

(Used with permission from the Denver Public Library)

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