Willie N. Rogers, the oldest surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to serve in the still-segregated US armed forces during World War II, passed away on Friday at the age of 101.
While Rogers, a master sergeant, is remembered by his Florida community as a World War II hero, with his picture hanging in the St. Petersburg Museum of History. His family remembers him as a humble man who aimed to treat everyone with dignity, pride and integrity.
“He recognized that we as people and he as a black man have come a long way but that there is still more to go,” Rogers’ daughter, Veronica Williams, told the Tampa Bay Times. “But in God’s eyes there is no color, he’d say. We are all one and he lived by the greatest commandment – to love one another.” READ MORE.