History Buzz February 2, 2012: Wesley P. Newton: Noted Montgomery author, historian, WWII vet Newton dies


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Noted Montgomery author, historian, WWII vet Newton dies

World War II veteran and local historian Wesley P. Newton displays his Purple Heart in Montgomery on May 6, 2005. Newton was taken prisoner by the Germans in 1945. A noted historian, Newton passed away Monday at the age of 86. / MICKEY WELSH/ADVERTISER FILE


Montgomery author and historian Wesley Newton stands next to a historic marker outside the house once occupied by the family of Tuskegee Airman Sherman White, who was killed during World War II, in this 2008 photo. / ALVIN BENN/ADVERTISER FILE



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Montgomery has lost one of its most noted historians.

Wesley P. Newton, who died Monday at the age of 86, wrote several acclaimed books about the area, but he was perhaps as well-known for leading a successful decadelong campaign to clear the names of the first two Tuskegee Airmen who died in combat during World War II.

Newton was a history professor for more than three decades, including more than two decades at Auburn University.

“He was proud of his scholarship. I think he published seven books, including two or three that were nationally recognized,” said his son, Brent Newton.

He said although the article his father co-wrote on the Tuskegee Airmen might not have ranked among his best works scholastically, it may have been the one in which he took the most pride….READ MORE

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