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Robert Searcy dies at 88; member of Tuskegee Airmen in World War II
Robert Searcy dies at 88; member of Tuskegee Airmen in World War II

Robert Searcy, a member of the all-black group of World War II servicemen known as the Tuskegee Airmen and a longtime resident of Los Angeles, died of colon cancer Sept. 7 at his granddaughter's home in Atlanta. He was 88. Searcy was born in Mount Pleasant, Texas, in 1921 and briefly attended what is now Prairie View A&M University before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1942. In an interview earlier this year, he said that after basic training at Ft. Hood, Texas, he was selected to lead a group of airmen to Tuskegee Army Airfield in Tuskegee, Ala. Searcy described how porters on the train platform that day told him that his men would be segregated on the Pullman train car,...

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