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Last updated 3:05AM ET
March 5, 2021
Tuskegee Airman Remembered
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Friends and family will bid farewell on Tuesday to Lieutenant Colonel Charles ''Chuck'' Dryden, one of the first of the pioneering black World War II pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

Dryden died last week at age 87 of natural causes. A memorial service will be held at Cascade United Methodist Church in southwest Atlanta. Former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador the Rev. Andrew Young will deliver the eulogy.

Dryden was a member of the famed 99th Pursuit Squadron and later the 332nd Fighter Group, which served in North Africa and Italy. Last year, President George W. Bush and Congress awarded the Tuskegee Airmen the Congressional Gold Medal. Some 300 surviving airmen - including Dryden - gathered in Washington for the ceremony in March 2007.

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