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Tuskegee Airman Death

Tuskegee Airman Death

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A Tuskegee airman who trained many of the legendary pilots will be laid to rest Saturday. Captain Claude Platte, Jr. died last week.  He was 92-years old. The life-long aviator graduated from the former I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth.

Captain Platte was the first black officer  commissioned at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. He went on to train more than 400 African American cadets who broke through racial barriers to fight for the U.S. during World War II. Captain Platte was the focus of a FOX 4 report in 2008 when he expressed his happiness about being able to witness an African American elected as president of the United States. His funeral is Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arlington.

On Tuesday October 8th Captain Platte's remains will be interned at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

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