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Obituary - William Patrick (Pat) Ledford

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:07 pm

January 3, 1930 - February 22, 2019

William Patrick (Pat) Ledford, 89, son of William Ledford, Sr. and Corrine Bray.

He served from 1050-1954 in the Unitede States Air Force, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.

While on duty in Korea, he was wounded and underwent rehabilitation for his injuries at Masara AFB in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his combat service and was honorably discharged from the military.

Pat enjoyed a full career as an airline pilot for National Airlines and the Pan American Airlines, achieving the rank of Captain and Chief Pilot of numerous aircraft during his career of many years.

Pat found great pleasure in fishing but had an even stronger interest in building and flying Pitts Special Aerobatic airplanes.

He deeply loved his family and was continually concerned for their care and well being.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy; his daughter Patricia Veras; his son Troy Ledford and his wife Melanie and their son Landon.

His grandchildren Brooke and Blake and their mother Jan Ledford. His sisters Judy Hamilton and Linda Ledford; his brothers Gary and Ted Ledford.

In addition, he has many nieces and nephews.

The services were held at Branam Funeral Home in Homestead, Florida on February, 25, 2019 at 11 am..

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project (