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Remembering a war hero

Chief Master Sergeant. Tuskegee Airman. Congressional Gold Medal honoree. Walt Richardson went by many titles. But those close to him say none fully described who he was as a man.

The smiles and laughs of dozens who stopped by Richardson's house to offer condolences told of a man respected by the entire community.
His historic career, helping integrate the Air Force, is only part of Richardson's tale.
His wife, Helen, told of a man who provided for his children, and for his soldiers.

Helen Richardson "Discipline when they needed discipline, and love when they needed love. Caring. That was him. That was him."

He was a military man, proud of the uniform he wore, even when racial lines still segregated soldiers.

Col. Wayne Richardson "The idea that what we're doing right now is not about ourselves, it's not about today. It's about the future. It's about opening the doors for those that are coming behind us."

But teaching his children was his priority.
Richardson left sayings, scribbled onto white sheets of paper, as mottoes for he and his family to live by.

Walter Richardson II "The main one was the 11th commandment; "thou shall not quit.' That was the one towards his later years, he would always use."

His life's mission was to leave everyone he met better off than before.

Donna Richardson "Changing their outlook, their goals in life for achieving the best that they could achieve."

Richardson aspired to leave the world a better place than he found it.

Col. Wayne Richardson "The idea that what we're doing right now is not about ourselves, it's not about today. It's about the future. It's about opening the doors for those that are coming behind us."

Richardson's family says through his service in both the military and in his church, his number one goal was always to help others. In Ft. Walton Beach, Rob Brown, Channel Three News.