Ted Lumpkin, original Tuskegee Airman, dies from COVID-19 at 100

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Theodore “Ted” Lumpkin, one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, died Dec. 26 from COVID-19. He was 100.

Lumpkin, a Los Angeles native, died at a hospital in the city, the Los Angeles Times reported.

After graduating in two years from Los Angeles City College, Lumpkin was in his senior year at UCLA in July 1942 when he was drafted.

He was assigned to Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, where he trained with the nation’s first Black military pilots.

Lumpkin was an intelligence officer, serving in Italy from February 1944 through VE Day. He was a member of the 100th Fighter Squadron, part of the 332nd Fighter Group.

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