Last of Louisiana's surviving Tuskegee Airmen pilots dies
NEW ORLEANS- Calvin Moret, a New Orleans native and the last surviving pilot from Louisiana of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, has died. He was 90.
Moret was a Congressional Gold Medal honoree for his World War II service along with others in the African-American unit of military airmen.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called Moret a national hero and a great ambassador for the city of New Orleans.
The mayor's office said Moret died late Friday after a battle with cancer.
That Moret trained as a P-40 pilot in an era when such opportunities largely were denied to black men. He joined the Tuskegee Airmen in 1943.
Funeral arrangements are pending.