WINTER PARK, Fla. — Chief Master Sgt. Richard R. Hall Jr., a member of the Tuskegee Airmen and native of Central Florida, has died. He was 97.
Hall grew up in Winter Park and was attending Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans when he was drafted in 1942, according to the U.S. Air Force.
Hall served with the Air Force for 31 years, first as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II and then later as a master chief sergeant during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, WMFE reports.
In 2007, Hall was honored and awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W. Bush, according to WESH.
In Winter Park, Hall is honored with a life-size statue outside the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. On Tuesday, the heritage center remembered Hall in a social media post.
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