Tuskegee Airman Dies in New Mexico

SANTA FE (AP) - One of the original Tuskegee Airmen, who broke the color barrier for military pilots, died at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he had lived for 17 years.

Robert Weldon "Bob" Lawrence died Thursday. That's according to his wife, Ernestine Lawrence. He was 85.

Bob Lawrence grew up in New Jersey and enlisted in the Army after the United States entered World War II. He was commissioned as an officer and was accepted into a pilot-trailing program for blacks in Tuskegee. Nearly 1,000 blacks trained in the program.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, November 17th, at St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Santa Fe. Lawrence will be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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