ONE of the last surviving Tuskegee pilots, Brigadier General Charles McGee, died in his sleep Sunday at the age of 102.
In a statement, McGee’s family described him as a “living legend” who is known for his “kind and humble nature who sees the positive in every turn”.
“He has spent the past half-century inspiring future generations to pursue a career in aviation, but equally importantly, he encourages others to be the best they can be,” he said. Pursue your dreams and persevere through all challenges.”
McGee’s daughter, Yvonne, said her father died “with his right arm and smiling serenely,”
His son, Ron, said in the family statement that his father was “a wonderful human being.”
“I feel proud and honored to be called his son,”
McGee has fought in three wars – World War 2, Korea and Vietnam – completed more than 409 air combat missions. He has more than 30 years of active service.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military pilots, both fighters and bombers, and airmen who fought in World War 2.
He has received many awards throughout his career. In 2007 he received the Congressional Gold Medal and the National Aeronautics Association’s Outstanding Air Service Award in 2012.
In 2011, McGee was inducted into National Aviation Hall of Fame.
In a tweet, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin pays tribute to McGee.
“Today, we lost an American hero. Charles McGee, Brigadier General and one of the last living Tuskegee Pilots, has died aged 102.
“While I grieve his loss, I am also deeply grateful for his sacrifice, legacy and character. Rest in Peace General. ”
The family statement continued: “As the nation mourns, the family asks us to remember the importance and significance of the legacy he left behind, all his companions, and all both those who play a role in supporting and defending American democracy,”
McGee is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
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