Willie Rogers


Age: 101

oldest surviving member of the original Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military aviation squadron in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces (although his work was on the ground in logistics and administration, not in the sky where the heroics took place), who was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and was part of the 100th Air Engineer Squad, but who also served with the Red Tail Angels and was wounded in action (he was shot in the stomach and leg by German soldiers) during a mission in Italy in January 1943.

Cause of Death: Complications from a stroke

Born: March 4, 1915

Died: November 18, 2016

St. Petersburg, Florida