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Foss was an Air Force colonel in Korean War

Updated: January 6, 2003, 5:01 PM ET
Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Joe Foss, the first commissioner of the American Football League, died Jan. 1. He was 87.

Foss also was a World War II fighter ace, who won the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Flying Cross after shooting down 26 enemy planes. After leaving the Marine Corps, Foss entered politics and became governor of South Dakota in 1955.

Foss never regained consciousness after suffering an apparent aneurysm in October. He died at a hospital in Arizona, South Dakota Gov. ...

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