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Youngest Tuskegee Airman passes away in Tyler

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Friends and family remembered the life of an East Texan war hero. Sam Garrison, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, passed away last week.

Garrison was not only a member of the legendary World War Two fliers, he was also the youngest. Sam Garrison not only had a passion for life, but for his country.

"He loved the military that was his one thing we could sit and talk for hours, hours and hours about different things," says Garrisons wife,  Willie.

Garrison's love of Country also made him part of our Nation's History. Before the Tuskegee Airmen in World War Two, no US Military pilots had been African American. Garrison distinguished himself in the War at just 18-years-old.

"He was very excited he wanted to be a soldier he thought everybody should stand up and be a soldier and that's what he did," Willie explained.

It was this sense of passion he carried with him even after the military when he would speak to his kids and grandchildren.

"He always talked to them about getting in the military to serve their country he would say theres one way you'll never go wrong and that was by serving your country," Willie said.

A service he not only brought to his Country, but to his Church and Community.

"He thought of everyone else before he thought of himself and this very typical of most military people you put your country first you put everyone else first before you think of yourself," explained friend of Garrison, William Brown.

It was his wife Willie Garrison, known by many as "Cookie," he took care of the most.

"The thing I look at is we had a good time god gave us that time together and he's going to come after all of us one day," Willie said.

During his service in World War Two, Garrison won the silver and bronze stars, among other medals. He was 88-years-old.

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