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Tuskegee Airman Clarence Dart Dies at 91

Tuskegee Airman Clarence Dart Dies at 91 – Clarence Dart, a Tuskegee airman who I covered in 2007 when the Tuskegee Airman were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, died at 91 last week after a stroke.  I was on a photo assignment for the Albany Times Union and had the thrill of hanging out with him and then Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand who was then a member of the U.S. House.  Read the Albany Times Union

The Albany Times Union: Calling hours for Clarence Dart will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 628 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs.  The funeral is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 5th Ave. He will be buried in a family plot at Greenridge Cemetery in the city.

The Albany Times Union: — Clarence Dart, who battled racism and flew 95 combat missions in World War II with the elite African-American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen, will be buried with military honors Tuesday.

Dart, 91, was one of the last living members of the segregated all-black fighter pilot unit that waited decades for formal recognition from the military. He died Friday at Wesley Health Care Center where he had lived for three years. He suffered a stroke on Feb. 4 and did not regain consciousness.