In 1952, Bob wrote a story of his experiences as a fighter pilot. He persevered over the next 43 years to get his story told. In 1995, the HBO movie, "THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN" aired, educating a nation to the accomplishments of these American heroes. The film detailed how the "Fighting 99th"--the first squadron of black combat fighter pilots and the vanguard of nearly 1,000 black fliers--overcame racism for the right to serve their country, and emerged from the war wreathed with honor, but with little public acclaim. The film earned three Emmy Awards, a Peabody, a Cable Ace Award and two NAACP Image Awards.
Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated, which honors the accomplishments and perpetuates the history of African-Americans who participated in the Army Air Corps during WWII, added the Captain Robert W. Williams Military Award to its National Military Awards. It is open to active component, reserve or guard members serving in any Branch of the US armed services and goes to a company grade officer who has exhibited outstanding performance in both professional and community service.
As for The Duchess Arlene on static display outside the front gate of the 132d, it was Bob's airplane made famous in the movie. He named it after a girlfriend he had written to while in flight training and she sent him a glamour shot of herself inscribed "Your duchess Arlene." She was Arlene Roberts, with her own trailblazing story.