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Roscoe C. Brown Jr. (1922–2016)

by Legacy Staff

Roscoe Brown, a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, died July 2, 2016, in Riverdale, New York, according to multiple news sources. He was 94.

Brown served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. He commanded the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group.

Born Roscoe C. Brown Jr. March 9, 1922, he graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts as the class of 1943 valedictorian. He received his flight training the following year from the Tuskegee Flight School.


After the war, Brown went back to school and earned a doctorate. He became a professor at New York University and president of the Bronx Community College in New York, New York.

On March 29, 2007, Brown and other Tuskegee Airmen members were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of their service.

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People turned to social media to express their condolences to Brown’s family.

Cuba Gooding Jr. posted a photo of him standing with Brown. The actor said Brown was “eternally a legend!”

Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president, also wrote on Facebook that Brown “was a true #Bronx legend, and was dedicated to serve the people of the borough he called home. … Dr. Brown was a model of service and a true friend of The Bronx. He will be sorely missed.”

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