Dr. Henry Wise, Tuskegee Airman 
As a combat pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, 2 Lt.Henry  Wise served in the 99th Pursuit Squadron. His plane P- 51 was shot down in a raid on the
Ploesti oil fields in Romania on the August 26,1944 near Vratza, Bulgaria,
 and he was a prisoner of war from September 3 till September 8 1944 in Shumen camp. 
A resident of Lanham, Henry Wise was born and raised in Cheriton , Virginia.
He graduated from Virginia Union University, then served from 1942 to1946 in the Tuskegee Airmen of the Army Air Forces, the highly
decorated African American unit that flew combat missions in Europe and the Mediterranean during World War II. 
His decorations included a Purple Heart and Combat Air Medal. 
After the war, Henry Wise graduated from Howard University Medical School in Washington DC. 
He then opened his medical practice in Bowie.
Coinciding with his private practice was his service as medical director at Bowie State University.
From 1955 until he retired in 1992, Doctor Wise had a family medical practice in Bowie, Maryland, and he was among the few
contemporary physicians who made house calls to his patients. In 1955,he joined the medical staff of Prince George's Hospital; for 14 years,
he was its only African American physician.
Dr. Wise was a member of the Caterpillar Club, an organization of Tuskegee Airmen who were shot down. 
He was on the medical staff at Doctors Hospital in Lanham and was a founder of the Prince George's Society of Medical Professionals. He
was a member of the National Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the Maryland State Medical Society.
Dr. Wise had been a volunteer with the state-sponsored Youth Motivational Program, encouraging high school students to continue
their education. He received citations from former Maryland governors for this work.
He received an honorary doctorate from Bowie State University, a Distinguished Citizens Award from the Annapolis chapter of Links Inc.
and a Statesman Leadership Award from the Prince George's Society of Health Professionals.
 
Dr. Wise died May 2, 2003, at Prince George's
Hospital Center after a heart attack, at the age of 82.
 

 

 

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