On Saturday, one of the men who served with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II has passed away. Wilfred DeFour was one of the first African-American military aviators to serve in the armed forces.
Defour was 100-years-old at the time of his passing. Officials say that he was at his Harlem apartment when he died of natural causes.
According to Fox News, "DeFour, who served as an aircraft technician with the Tuskegee Airmen, joined the Air Corps in 1942 and was assigned to the 366th Air Service Squadron, serving in Italy, after basic training in Tuskegee, Alabama."
Just last month DeFour was honored during a ceremony to rename a Manhattan post office after the Tuskegee Airmen. When asked about his time in the Armed Forces he expressed how he wasn't aware that he and his fellow airmen "were making history at the time."
He said, "We were just doing our job."
Defour was one of the first African-American military aviators along with the other Tuskegee Airmen. Following his time in the service, Defour began working for the Post Office. He would then go on to work there for more than 30 years.
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