One of the Last Surviving Tuskegee Airmen Dies in Missouri

James Lloyd Shipley, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, was laid to rest at the Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Missouri, on Monday, August 1, according to local reports.

The Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first African-American military airmen – comprised hundreds of black pilots, mechanics, and other servicemen who fought in World War II. The group was awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations.

According to local news reports, Shipley joined the military at age 19, soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and served for 21 months in Italy.

In 2007, about 300 of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal.

Shipley passed away on Thursday, July 21, soon after his 99th birthday, according to his funeral home listing. Credit: MSHP Troop A via Storyful

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