A member of a pioneering Black aviation group, who broke barriers and glass ceilings, has died.
Master Sergeant Willie Rogers died Saturday. He was the oldest living member of the original Tuskegee Airmen, who served when the U.S. military was segregated.
Rogers lived in St. Petersburg with his family since 1949. He was drafted into the army in 1942 and was part of the 100th Air Engineer Squad. Rogers also served with the Red Tail Angels.
In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded him with the Congressional Gold Medal.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman acknowledged Rogers’ death on social media.
Rest in peace, our friend - St. Pete's 2015 Honored Veteran and Tuskegee Airman, 101 year-old Willie Rogers. pic.twitter.com/Pex9wuSTyi— Rick Kriseman (@Kriseman) November 19, 2016