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Former Tuskegee Airman Wofford dies in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A former member of the famous Tuskegee Airmen of World War II has died in Golden Valley. Retired Air Force Col. Kenneth Wofford Sr. was 87.

A news release from the Minnesota Civil Air Patrol on Wednesday says Wofford often spoke to young people about the famous unit. He died Sunday in his home.

The Tuskegee Airmen were America's first black fighter pilot group in World War II. Many fought over Europe, but Wofford was stationed in Japan when the war ended.

He spent 32 years as a pilot, serving on active duty in the U.S. Air Force through the Vietnam War.

Wofford was a Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame member and had established a scholarship program for cadets in the air patrol's Anoka chapter.

Wofford will be laid to rest at 12:45 p.m. Friday at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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