Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airman Dies on 100th Birthday

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Tuskegee Airman and longtime D.C. resident Walter Robinson Sr. passed away on his 100th birthday Monday.

On Sunday, friends and family held a birthday celebration outside his home in Northeast D.C.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he married his high school sweetheart, then enrolled in the Tuskegee Institute where he earned his pilot's license.

The family moved to D.C. in 1959.

Robinson worked at the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years until his retirement.


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In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded the Tuskegee Airmen the Congressional Gold Medal as a collective group.

CLARIFICATION (Nov. 25, 2020, 12:00 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this story, reported that Robinson was awarded the Tuskegee Airman Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush. However, President Bush awarded the Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen as a collective.

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