Long Beach Veterans  
  On the left is the USS Long Beach, a nuclear powered guided missile cruiser. Long Beach has a long history as the site of a large Navy base, now closed, and the city is home to many Navy veterans. On the right is a portrait of Aaron Herrington, who was a Tuskegee Airman and Long Beach resident. The Tuskegee Airmen were a squadron of African American pilots who performed heroically and very successfully in Europe during WWII, escorting US bombers and in aerial combat with enemy fighters. They never lost a bomber.