Feb 26, 2015 3:41 PM by News Staff
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) - Col. Paul L. Green, one of the Tuskegee Airmen - the legendary black pilots who escorted U.S. aircraft during World War II - has died in a Southern California senior care home. He was 91.
Jennifer Lee, executive director of Brightwater Senior Living in Highland, tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise that Green died Monday with his wife at his side.
An Ohio orphan, Green was drafted into the Army and was chosen for pilot training at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
He flew 25 combat missions, escorting bombers in Italy.
The Tuskegee Airmen took part in more than 15,000 combat missions and earned over 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses.
After the war, Green joined the Air Force, served in Vietnam, and later commanded Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino.
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