IRVINE, CA – A local post office in the city of Irvine was recently renamed in honor of Lt. Col. Robert Friend, a military officer and pilot who served with the Tuskegee Airmen in Europe during World War 2.

Lt. Col. Robert J. Friend, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 99, now officially has a government facility named after him.

Friend was awarded the Air Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal for his heroic service during the war.

His family, along with Congresswoman Katie Porte and local leaders unveiled a plaque with the post office’s new moniker in his honor.

“He fought for his country simply and because I quote, he was an American, and it was the right thing to do,” Porter said.

In 1972, Friend made Irvine, a city in Orange County, his home after nearly three decades of military service. Friend is survived by his children who were in attendance at the ceremony. They expressed their honor and for how the community had embraced their father.

In a video published by the city of Irvine in 2012, Friend reminisced on the days when he was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen.

Now, his name will be remembered forever.

KABC Los Angeles

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