Gary Tuskegee Airman to receive replacement medal

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by AP

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Posted on April 18, 2012 at 8:46 PM

   GARY, Ind. (AP) -- A 93-year-old former Tuskegee Airman from Gary whose Congressional Gold Medal was stolen is getting a replacement.

   Quentin Smith was among about 300 surviving Tuskegee Airmen to receive the award in 2007. His medal was stolen during a home burglary last summer.

   Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Wednesday that a ceremony to give him the replacement medal will be held Friday at Smith's home.

   The airmen trained in Alabama at Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, as a segregated unit during World War II.

   Smith spent much of the war as a flight instructor for the unit.

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