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Gone West: Tuskegee Airmen Pilot Dr. Granville Coggs

Served In The Storied Unit From 1943 To 1946

Dr. Granville Coggs, who was a pilot with the storied Tuskegee Airmen, has Gone West. Dr. Coggs passed away May 6th in San Antonio, TX at the age of 93.

Coggs served in the Tuskegee Airmen from 1943 to 1946, according to an obituary posted online by Legacy.com. He trained at Tuskegee Army Airfield, and earned military badges as aerial gunner, aerial bombardier and multi-engine pilot, distinguishing him as a Documented Original Tuskegee Airman (DOTA).

After his active duty military service, he returned to school and became a medical doctor, earning his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. The grandson of slaves became the first African-American physician on staff at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco.

Dr. Coggs developed and patented a non-invasive device for the detection of breast cancer. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1985 with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

He was also a multiple-event Gold Medalist in the Senior Olympics at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Funeral services were held Saturday in San Antonio.

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