On Tuesday, Torrance resident and surviving Tuskegee Airman Walter Crenshaw, who is 102 years old, was presented with a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal at Torrance City Hall in commemoration of the sacrifices he and the other original Tuskegee Airmen made in defense of the nation in World War II.

The original medal was presented to the Tuskegee Airmen by former President George W. Bush in 2007, and is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute. Because Crenshaw was not able to attend that ceremony, the city of Torrance took this opportunity to honor him.

Inducted into the United States Army Air Corps in 1942, Crenshaw attained the rank of sergeant and served in the Airmen’s administrative offices.