Tuskegee Airman from New York City dies at 100

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Sandra Bookman has the details.

A New York City man who served as an aircraft technician with the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen has died at 100 years of age.

Police say a health aide found Wilfred DeFour unconscious and unresponsive inside his Harlem apartment Saturday morning.

DeFour was pronounced dead by Emergency Medical Service workers. Police say he appears to have died from natural causes.

DeFour was honored just last month at a ceremony to rename a Manhattan post office after the Tuskegee Airmen.

Defour said at the Nov. 19 ceremony that the World War II squadron's members didn't know they were making history at the time. He said, "We were just doing our job."

DeFour served as a postal employee for more than 30 years after his military service.

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