Lt. Col. Robert Friend lived a long and full life.

Friend, who was one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, passed away at his Long Beach, California home.

He was 99.

Mr. Friend flew 142 missions in the iconic black unit in the Army Air Corps, he went on to serve in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Friend’s daughter, Karen Crumlich, told KCAL, up until last year, her father would visit schools to share his amazing life story with children and sign autographs for them.



She revealed Lt. Col. Robert Friend died surrounded by family and friends who were praying for him.

And during the prayer, right when we said ‘amen,’ he took his last breath.

My sincerest condolences to Mr. Friend’s family, friends and all who loved him.

Rest in paradise, Mr. Friend – a true hero.



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