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Last of Louisiana's surviving Tuskegee Airmen pilots dies

1 year 9 months 1 week ago September 14, 2015 Sep 14, 2015 Monday, September 14 2015 September 14, 2015 8:05 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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