Tuskegee Airman Dies at 87

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Tuskegee airman Alva Temple attended Pickens County Training School and later went to Alabama A&M to pursue a degree in agricultural education.

Temple transferred to Tuskegee Institute in 1941 where he continued his studies in agriculture.

On July 19, 1941, the Army Air Force began a program to train black Americans as military pilots. The pilots who emerged, 992 in all, became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

Temple was in the Air Force for 20 years. He flew during World War II and completed 120 missions.

Funeral services are Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Carrollton, Ala. Burial will be at Cook Cemetery on Alabama Highway 14 in Pickens County.