By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Tuskegee airman who was born and raised in Pittsburgh has passed away.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Health Department Reports 277 New Cases, 15 Additional Deaths
Chief Master Sergeant James Cotten was 93. He had more than 21 years of active military service — including with America’s first Black aviators — and another 45 years of service with the defense department.READ MORE: Vice President Kamala Harris To Visit Pittsburgh Monday
KDKA’s Bob Allen talked to Cotten in 2013 when a Tuskegee Airmen’s Memorial was unveiled in Sewickely.
Cotten was one the more than 100 western Pennsylvania residents who became Tuskegee Airmen.MORE NEWS: Country Duo Big & Rich To Headline '(Re)Opening Weekend' At PNC Park
During the war, the Tuskegee Airmen became one of the most decorated squadrons, flying in more than 1,500 combat missions.