Tuskegee Airman from Gary dies at 94

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A 94-year-old Gary man who was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen has died.

The Guy & Allen Funeral Home in Gary says Quentin Smith died on Tuesday.

The Tuskegee Airman broke the military color barrier during World War II. Smith spent much of his service during the war as a flight instructor.

After the war, Smith was a Gary school principal and served on the city council.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says the city is saddened by the passing of an icon and that Smith leaves behind a legacy that won't be forgotten. She says she was grateful so many people were able to learn about Smith last year when a Congressional Gold Medal he was awarded in 2007 was replaced after being stolen.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

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