Lonely Eagle
Dec. 7, 1922 - Apr. 4, 2000
Capt. Albert Whiteside
Captain Albert Whiteside Jr. was born on his parent's farm in
Jones Prarie, Texas just east of Cameron, Texas.  He
graduated
from O.J. Thomas High School, Cameron, Texas in 1941; Atlanta
University in 1943; Tuskegee Institute of Aeronautics in 1944 and
the Army Air Corps Pilot Training program under the “Tuskegee
Experiment” in 1945.  He was assigned to the 617th
Bombardment Squadron, flying B-25J aircraft , stationed at
Godman Field, Kentucky through the end of World War II, and
also saw service during the Korean Conflict  Certified by the Civil
Aeronautics Administration as a Commercial Pilot – Single and
Multi-Engine in 1946.

Captain Whiteside maintained involvement in aviation throughout
his life – serving as a member and Vice-Chairman of the San
Antonio International Airport Advisory Committee from 1972 –
1979; President of the Kelly Flyers Toastmaster Club No. 1641;
and as a member of the Confederate Air Force (now known as
the Commemorative Air Force) dedicated to the preservation of
World War II aircraft.  
He flew in World War II and the Korean
Conflict.


Captain Whiteside was
a member of the Fort Sam Houston
National Cemetery Committee 1972-1987,
an active Life Member
of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at the state and local
level, as Region V Vice Commander and Chaplain; as well as a
Hospital Veterans Administration Voluntary Services
Representative (1974 – 1976), and Judge Advocate in the San
Antonio Chapter 14 (1974 – 1988).  

His other Life memberships included the American Legion and
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).  He was a member of the Fort
Sam Houston National Cemetery Committee for fifteen years, and
continually spoke to civic and youth organizations on the
Tuskegee Experience and the importance of education in
preparation for life.