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Local Tuskegee Airman to be buried Tuesday

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A Tuskegee Airman will be buried Tuesday at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Captain Claude Platte Jr.'s widow, Erma Bonner Platte, remembers when her husband first told her he was a member of the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen.

She says he was shy and wanted her to keep it a secret.

"I said, 'You can't think that I'm gonna keep my mouth shut," Erma Bonner Platte said, "because I want all the kids in town to know about you.'"

Over the next three decades, Captain Platte Jr. would go on to tell his historical story to thousands of kids.

He was one of many African American men who wanted to fly for our country during World War II.

There was opposition, and Captain Platte Jr. was among the original group that was nearly eliminated. His group was eventually collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

 Captain Platte Jr. died two weeks ago in Fort Worth at the age of 92.

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