Claude Robert Platte Jr.
1921 - 2013
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Claude Robert Platte Jr., a Tuskegee Airman, became precious in the sight of the Lord on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Service: Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1927 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, Father Daniel Kelley, host pastor, and the Rev. Jerome G. Ledoux, S.V.D., officiating. Interment: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane A. Visitation: 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Baker Funeral Home, with rosary at 7 p.m. at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, 1101 E. Terrell. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make donations to the Claude R. Platte - DFW Educational Assistance Fund, Box 577, Lake Dallas, Texas 75065; or Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School Fund, 1007 E. Terrell St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104. He was born to Claude and Marie Scott Platte Sr. in Denison on March 16, 1921. His humble origin belied his great quest to reach the sky through learning and teaching aviation science. With a B.A. in mechanical engineering and a minor in aeronautics, Claude went through the paces of the "Tuskegee Experience," where he received the flight instructor rating. As a flight instructor, Capt. Platte trained over 400 black cadets to fly, and they amassed an unmatched military record as fighter pilots and were known as "The Red Tails." He was the first black officer to be trained and commissioned at Randolph Field Air Force Base in Texas. Special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff of Plaza Medical Center and Vitas Hospice who assisted in the care of Claude Platte. Survivors: His wife, Erma Bonner Platte; stepson, Alfred M. Williams of Austin; sister, Marie Platte Godsey of New Rochelle, N.Y.; cousins, Edwina Higgins and Lois Platte Johnson (Edgar), both of Houston, Nathaniel George Hagler Sr. (Tillie), Dr. Nathaniel G. Hagler Jr. (Royace) of Baltimore, Md., and the Rev. Gaylan Hagler of Washington, D.C.; nieces, Alyssa Godsey of New Rochelle, N.Y., Ginger Platte Montgomery of Kennesaw, Ga.; nephews, Attral Platte Jr. (Arwa) of Temple Hills, Md., and Gary Platte of Hopewell, Va.; sister-in-law, Johanna McCully Bonner of Fort Worth; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 2, 2013.
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November 10, 2013
I had the distinct honor to meet Mr. Platte or Mr. Lucas at the Tuskegee Airemen's Conference. I went with Mr. Platte. What an honor
Kay Litchy
October 25, 2013
this is so sad he was in the national for the basketball tournament and now hes gone (REDTAILS
October 8, 2013
Erma my prayers are with you during this difficult time. I pray that Claude will RIP knowing that he was truly loved and had significantly contributed to making this a better world. Erma, I also pray that pleasant memories and God's Grace continue to sustain you.

Lots of Love
Mae Clark
October 8, 2013
Thank you for your service, sir. And for being a positive role model. May your family find comfort in this time of sorrow.
Dorthy & Ken Casten
October 8, 2013
My prayers are with the entire Platte and extended family. He will never be forgotten, may your memories bring you constant joy. Blessed be the Lord in our father's name Amen.....
Janice Adger
October 8, 2013
My condolences to this great American Hero. RIP knowing that the influence to many young African American boys as myself growing up. Inspired me too push forward and let nothing hold me back. I salute you sir and thank you.
Willie B. Williams
October 8, 2013
I had the honor of being one of the founding members of The DFW Claude R. Platte Chapter of TAI. At that time I enjoyed visiting with and listening to amazing stories of heroism from Mr. Platte and his comrades. He will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to his lovely wife Mrs. Erma Platte and to the family.
Duane Steele
October 8, 2013
To the family of Claude Platte;

I met this sweet man in the lobby of FWISD when he came to visit our Superintendent. I felt such pride to shake his hand and speak with him. What a sweet person!! I am so proud that our Lord gave me the opportunity to meet him and be aware of the honorable work he did as a Tuskegee Airman for our nathion. Our nation is better because of him. God bless you all.
Raffy Aladro
October 7, 2013
Had the pleasure to meet this good and honorable man with my mother Joy a "Rosie" who worked on the P-51 Mustang planes this man flew and trained many hundreds of others to fly. God bless you Erma and God speed Captain Platte.
Tim Hagan
October 7, 2013
We have lost a fine and outstanding person. He was part of a legendary group who changed the world. His accomplishments will live on as a shining example for future generations. He will be greatly missed.
Marqueax Price-Black
October 7, 2013
Claude P Grace Knight
gracie knight
October 7, 2013
One of the KINDEST, most HUMBLE men I have ever met. He inspired me to also remember to be thankful for all that you have and kind to all.
Broderick Williams
October 6, 2013
Mr. Platte will sorely be missed by everyone who knew him or read about him. He is a true pioneer in our Aviation history. The "Tuskegee Airmen" will always be remembered as brave men willing to sacrifice everything for their Country. We will always be indebted for their sacrifice and courage for their participation in our history. Rest in peace in your place in Heaven.
Cliff Wooley
October 6, 2013
I was deeply sadden to hear that my friend had completed his journey. However, Mr. Platte has left such a remarkable legacy that will live on forever. He was such an inspiring individual . I thank God for Mr. Platte and every life he touched. My condolences to the family.
Gwinda Burns
October 4, 2013
I had the high honor to visit with Mr. Platte a couple times. He was a true pioneer in multiple ways, and his legacy is powerful.

With condolences to his wife and family, yet celebration for his life,
Don Watenpaugh
October 4, 2013
Claude was a great person and will be forever remembered.

Cousin Edward Anderson Jr.
Edward Anderson
October 4, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
October 4, 2013
Several months ago, I was visiting Cavanaugh Flight Museum with my daughters (9 years old and 7 months). I was explaining to my oldest daughter some of the history of planes in the museum when we happened upon Mr. Platte as he was getting ready to leave. He asked my oldest daughter if she was enjoying the visit. She said, yes, and I explained who Mr. Platte was. She said, "Really? Oh, thank you! You're a hero!" And I got to see his eyes light with pleasure. He was a wonderful gentleman and I am glad to have had the pleasure of meeting him and giving my daughter a wonderful memory to connect with history. My condolences to his family and friends, for they have lost a wonderful light in the world, though heaven has gained one.
Beth Mashburn
October 4, 2013
It was always a "event" when Cousin Claude would come to our house in Baltimore.I would be excited well before he came. Once he got there, my brother and I would laugh and follow him "foot to foot". We had butter pecan ice cream. Looking back at it, what an unbelievable man! His patience and laughter was astounding as he loved us at ages 8 and 6. After I became an adult, I was very cognizant of his accomplishments, but I remember, foremost that he had two little boys in Baltimore thinking "he walked on water".
Nathaniel Hagler III
October 4, 2013
Mr. Claude will be greatly missed! He always greeted you with a warm smile and kind spirit! He always showed nothing but love and total devotion to his Queen, Mrs. Erma. I'd always joke with them both, that I wanted be just like them when I grow up! Mrs. Erma, I'm available when you need something! Just call me, I'm there! God be with you! Love you much.
Carolyn Holleman Horne
October 3, 2013
Thank younCaptain. for your service, and my family's freedoms. You are the truest American hero !
John Mikeska
October 3, 2013
God Bless you Erma, you were truly 'the good wife'.
Janice Brackins
October 3, 2013
May we never forget the contributions you've made and the legacy you leave with us-keeping the Platt family in our prayers...Andrea Kibbe, USAF (ret.)
Andrea Kibbe
October 3, 2013
It was an honor to hold your hand, Dr. Platte, as we moved about during Black History Month sharing your testimony as a pioneer in aviation and a man with purpose. I am inspired by your testimony and your witness to the world: We can do "all things" within the scope of our purpose - with the help of Almighty God, and ONLY with His help. This is what I learned from you and your Beauty Queen, Soror Erma.
Valinda Lewis
October 3, 2013
Thank You for making a way, You are an America hero. Rest In Paradise.
Sharon Robinson
October 3, 2013
With deepest sympathy, we honor and remember the one who fought to preserve our freedom and kept us safe. Praying God Speed.
Norcise Williams, Maj
October 3, 2013
God Bless the Platt Family. I know Claude will rest in Peace.

Roger L. Butler & Family
Roger Butler
October 3, 2013
You are an American hero and treasure. RIP
David Grimesey
October 2, 2013
Praying for your family.
LTC Joice Carter
October 2, 2013
My condolences to all the loved ones of this Real American Hero who ensured double Victory at home and abroad. Rest in Peace, Brother.
Eleanor McKenzie
October 2, 2013
My sympathy for the family of Mr. Claude Robert Platte. Thank you Airman Platte for your service to our country.
Mariah Cooper
October 2, 2013
To the family and friends of Mr. Platte, I will always honor the memory and service of Mr. Platte and of all the doubly brave men who served with the Tuckegee Airmen. They fought on two fronts, and ultimately won on both for all of us. May you draw strength from your memories of your beloved family member.
James Martin
October 2, 2013
God Bless and comfort the Platte family.
Ruben Reyes
October 2, 2013
I didn't know the gentleman, but I wish to send my sincere condolences to his family and to say, thank you for your service. May God have mercy on your soul.
Delores Collins
October 2, 2013
New Directions Community Outreach- Seminole County Florida
Thank you Mr. Claude Robert Platte Jr. for paving the way. Although I never met you, you did so much for African Americans ... May you rest in Our Father God Arms ... Job Well done... Dr. Debra Thomas-CEO-New Directions Community Outreach, Florida
Debra Thomas
October 2, 2013
Rest in Peace and Thank you.
William Prine
October 2, 2013
Blue skies forever Mr. Platte - thank you for everything you did & will always be our hero!
Cheryl Essex
October 2, 2013
Thank you for you service. ETPGR - East Texas Patriot Guard.
Gary Page
October 2, 2013
Remembering your sacrifice, and hard work... Thank you for being a pioneer in the face of adversity! My heart goes out to your dear friends and family. Fly high Sir! You have deserved the most beautiful of eternities.
Sheila Janca
October 2, 2013
Forever...the heart of a Soldier. Words can not express what u mean to me and every American who served and are now serving this great country. I thank you for your resilience your courage your strength and your service. Your name and your legacy will live on just like other great Red Tails such as Lee Archer, Wendell Pruitt, and Benjamin O. Davis. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten. Captain Platte I salute u. Rest in peace.

Sergeant Lucian Transley, Tennessee National Guard.
Lucian Transley
October 2, 2013
Thank you Mr. Pratt for the countless children that you carried your message of loyalty to country, family, liberty and the American way of life.
Janet Teacher
October 2, 2013
Job well done!!!!!!! Rest in PEACE!!!!!!!
craig white
October 2, 2013
Erma, Our love and appreciation to you for the outstanding support you gave to Claude to the very end. He was a great man with a great wife at his side. Lois Platt Johnson and family.
Lois Platt Johnson
October 2, 2013
Extending my Deepest Sympathy and sharing Condolences from my family to yours Mrs. Platte. My dad, Robert H. Owens was a Tuskegee Airman, 477th Bombardment Group, 1944, DODO Chapter, Chicago, Illinois. There has been nothing in my lifetime that has made me any prouder than to be the daughter of an Airman, and now, to extend my Condolences to yet, another Hero, Mr. Platte. RIP Sir. The gates are open in Heaven as your Brothers await your arrival.... God Bless the Platte Family. Sincerely, Rowena (Owens) Langston, Chicago, Illinois.
Rowena (Owens) Langston
October 2, 2013
Prayers go out for the soul of Mr. Platte and for his family, and for all his comrades. Their sacrifice and dedication was greater than most and our Nation is grateful for their service. God bless you; rest in the peace of our Savior.
Mary Wilkie
October 2, 2013
Well done Mr. Platte. Thank you, sir, for your service. Thank you for being among the bravest of the brave, and for your part in making our country the place it needs to be. Godspeed as you fly West.
Robert Tate
October 2, 2013
Erma, so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Platte. May God blessings continue to comfort and give you peace. May the sweet memories you both shared provide solace for you as you process this difficult moment.
Love and God Bless!
Lena Smith
October 2, 2013
Such a wonderful man and a great human being. It was my pleasure to have met with one who holds such an elevated place in history. He has touched many lives and inspired many to reach for the stars. May he rest in heavenly peace... Aflecia Finnie
Aflecia Finnie
October 2, 2013
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
valree perry and family
October 2, 2013
Navy Ball 2004
Mrs. Platte, Donna and I would like to offer our deepest condolences, and thank you for sharing Mr. Platte with us, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines of NAS JRB Fort Worth. He truly touched everyone that came in contact with him, me most of all because I loved discussing the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and how his life was impacted by everyone that was a part of them. Please know that you will ever be in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and keep you is our prayer.

Howard & Donna Daniel
Howard & Donna Daniel
October 1, 2013
I had the honor of meeting him at a presentation at my work and I was thrilled to meet a living legend. I had my picture taken with him and it is on my page. Fly High Red Tail.
Alice Duncan
October 2, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Baker Funeral Home
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