LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The community came together Wednesday to bid a final farewell to a World War II veteran with Louisville ties.
Family and friends gathered at A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home on W. Chestnut Street to pay their final respects to Alvin LaRue, a flight officer with the Tuskegee Airman.
LaRue served as a B-25 bombardier and navigator during his tenure at Godman Field in Kentucky. While LaRue faced many challenges, including rampant discrimination, those that knew him best said he loved serving his country and his family.
"He was a bombardier, navigator bombardier," recalled Frank Weaver, a fellow Tuskegee Airman who served as an aviation mechanic. "I helped to keep him in the air and keep him flying."
"He served his country, without hesitation," began Alvin LaRue. Jr., "despite what he had to go through to serve."
"We grew up following his lead about hard work, the importance of family, the importance of loving," said LaRue's daughter, Evelyn.
LaRue had been drafted into the Army while attending college in 1943. Following his service, LaRue returned to college before joining the Army Corps of Engineers, from which he retired 20 years later.