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Aircraft technician with Tuskegee Airmen dies at 100 in NYC

Wilfred DeFour was honored just last month.
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: A member of the Tuskegee Airmen shows off a Congressional Gold Medal given to all Tuskegee Airmen during a ceremony commemorating Veterans Day and honoring the group of World War II airmen November 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The ceremony was held at the African American Civil War Museum on the day that World War I ended 95 years ago, the date the United States honors all of its military veterans.

NEW YORK — 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.

The Daily News reports that 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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