Clarence Dart

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Clarence W. Dart, Sr.
"Long, dangerous missions over enemy territory and inclement weather often necessitate fighter planes returning to their - NARA - 535545.jpg
Clarence Dart (left) with two other Tuskegee Airmen
Born(1920-12-06)6 December 1920
Elmira, New York
Died17 February 2012(2012-02-17) (aged 91)
Saratoga Springs, New York
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Years of service1943–?
Lieutenant Colonel (post war)
Unit12th Air Force (45 missions)
15th Air Force (50 missions)
New York Air National Guard
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross (5)
Purple Heart (2)
Air Medal

Clarence W. Dart, Sr. (6 December 1920 – 17 February 2012) was a World War II fighter pilot and member of the Tuskegee Airmen. During World War II, he flew a total of 95 missions, and was shot down twice, earning two Purple Hearts. He was also the recipient of the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross with four oak leaf clusters. Dart collectively, not individually, received a Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on 29 March 2007. Dart died 17 February 2012 in Saratoga Springs, New York. He was 91.[1][2]

Clarence was Emeritus on The Salvation Army Saratoga Springs, New York Advisory Board in which he has served since November 11, 1963.


Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with four Oak Leaf Clusters, 1 for action 27 May 1944 as a 1st Lieutenant, 15th Air Force General Order 449, 31 January 1945
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Medal
National Defense Service Medal
American Defense Service Medal
World War II Victory Medal


  1. ^ He flew on color of his merit Times Union, April 21, 2011
  2. ^ Tuskegee Airman passes away YNN, February 18, 2012

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