Col. Spann Watson, one of the famed black fliers who fought in World War II and then spent the rest of his life inspiring and mentoring others, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2007 Watson attended a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, where he and other surviving veterans of the Tuskegee Airmen were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their service. He flew more than 30 missions in North Africa, Italy and Southern Europe. Although Watson passed away April 15, 2010, his body was laid to rest permanently at Arlington. He was 93.
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—Nsenga K. Burton