NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A local member of the Tuskegee Airmen died today.
Calvin Moret died of cancer on Sept. 12. He was 90 years old.
Moret was a Louisiana-born member of The Tuskegee Airmen, the famous African-American fighter pilots that flew in World War II. He was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal for his service.
Moret shared his story with Louisiana and the world often, becoming an ambassador for the city of New Orleans.
"We have lost a national hero with the passing of Dr. Calvin Moret," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement after Moret's death. "Dr. Moret was a great leader who made incredible sacrifices and exhibited resounding courage. He was truly an ambassador for the city of New Orleans. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time."
Moret recently appeared at the National World War II Museum for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.