Lawrence E. Roberts (1922 - 2004)

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Place of Burial: Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, United States
Birthplace: Vauxhall, Union Township, Union, New Jersey, United States
Death: Died in Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, United States
Cause of death: Heart attack
Occupation: Pilot with the "Tuskegee Airmen;" United States Armed Forces Airforce
Managed by: Linda Kathleen Thompson, (c)
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About Lawrence E. Roberts

Lawrence Edward Roberts, Sr. (December 9, 1922 – October 12, 2004) was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen and a colonel in the United States Air Force, with 32 years of total military service.

The only Mississippi chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Club was named in his honor.

Since his death, Roberts posthumously received awards throughout the country. In 2004, shortly after he died, the Mississippi Legislature drafted a resolution honoring his life and on March 29, 2007, he posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal. President George W. Bush honored Roberts with the Congressional Gold Medal for bravery, patriotism and helping persuade President Harry S. Truman to desegregate armed forces. In March 2009, a sculpture by Marlin Miller was dedicated in Warr Memorial Park in Pass Christian, Mississippi. On September 10, 2009, a new consolidated aircraft maintenance facility for the 403rd Wing at Keesler AFB was dedicated and named in Roberts's honor.

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Col. Lawrence E. Roberts's Timeline

1922
December 9, 1922
Union Township, Union, New Jersey, United States
1960
November 23, 1960
Age 37
Tuskegee, Macon, Alabama, United States
2004
October 12, 2004
Age 81
Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, United States
October, 2004
Age 81
Tippah, Mississippi, United States
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Chandler, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
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