NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Friends and family today remembered Calvin Moret as a giant. They said their final goodbyes at a church in Treme. Moret was the last Tuskegee Airman in Louisiana and will live on through the lives he touched.
"He was a humble person," said his son-in-law, Glenn Braud.
People paid their respects to the man who served his country and his community with honor.
"Everything that came out of his mouth was wisdom. It's hard to talk about him without tearing up," Braud said.
Moret's nephew said he could sum up his uncle's life in a few words: He was an American.
Calvin Moret and his brother both served as Tuskegee Airmen. They were part of that famed African-American group of military pilots in World War II. They endured segregation and inequality but did their jobs to protect the country.
"I don't feel I could be able to dust his boots," said R.O. Mackie of the Patriot Guard Runners. "The work that he did, and to be part of history.."
Moret said attention to detail and excellence in everything he did was Moret's trademark. The Tuskegee Airmen is a small part of the things his father-in-law shared with people.
"He was that type of person. If you heard him give a talk he'd mesmerize people," Braud said.
The husband of 60 years and the father of three was a family man. He always gave pearls of wisdom to young and old. Braud said this is how a child described him after a school talk.
"[The child] had drawn a series of cartoons, and the first frame was, 'Wow what a man!'" Braud said, breaking down in tears.
In 2007, the Tuskegee Airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in Washington. Moret's medal is on display in his home.