Tuskegee Airman Alex Boudreaux Dies at 90
Boudreaux was one of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen who visited the White House in 2007 and received the Congressional Gold Medal in a nod to the unit's long-unrecognized service during World War II. He is also thought to be the country's first black civilian air-traffic controller.
Members of his family told The Columbus Dispatch that Boudreaux died in his sleep Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. "Because of the road he traveled ... a lot of African-American leaders' roads were shorter," Boudreaux's granddaughter, Anika Boudreaux, told the Dispatch. "It's an honor to be related to him. I feel like royalty."
Boudreaux was part of a program to become a military pilot in 1943 when the Tuskegee program was shut down, and he continued his training in air-traffic control instead. He was born in Lake Charles, La., in 1920 and is survived by his daughter, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, according to the Dispatch.
Phone calls from AOL News to the Boudreaux family requesting comment were not immediately returned today.