"I just hope people in their lifetimes get to know someone like Joe Gomer," he said. "He's a real hero. He's our Joe."
Comrades across the country
Carter said he received a call from Gomer's fellow Tuskegee veteran, Charles McGee, from Maryland on Friday.
He said he was glad Gomer "had a friend like you" in his final hours, Carter said.
Carter was familiar with McGee because Gomer kept a book on the airmen at his bedside. Carter would read from it during his visits.
Gomer talked about his old comrades in his own quiet way, Carter said.
"We would just sit and talk," he said of the final days.
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