Tuskegee Airman, Harvard doctor dies at 93

Kaylah Jackson
May 08, 2019 - 4:41 pm
Tuskegee Airman Dr. Granville Coggs

(U.S. Air Force photo by Joel Martinez)

Dr. Granville Coggs, one of the last surviving members of the historic Tuskegee Airmen has died, according to WTSP.

He served in World War II as part of the first group of African American pilots to in the United States military. The squadron made up of black men were based in Tuskegee, Alabama and were known as the Tuskegee Airmen. They led more than 15,000 air attacks in Europe and North Africa during World War II.

"Tuskegee Airmen will be remembered for the select things that they do but also as a role model, as an inspiration to young people of any color to know what they did, I can do," Coggs said in a 2015 interview.

After the military, Coggs earned a degree from Harvard Medical School and worked as a diagnostic radiologist detecting breast cancer. He later taught at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, according to Mental Floss

As of 2018, the Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated has researched that 13 of the 355 African American pilots who served during WWII are still living. Coggs died at age 93 in San Antonio, Texas where he lived with his wife.

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