The Grio is reporting that Tuskegee Airman Retired Lt. Col. Herbert Carter has died at 95. Mr. Carter, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen passed away on Thursday. The Grio‘s Ugonna Okpalaoka writes:
“‘Montgomery Advertiser’ reports that Carter was one of only four from the original group of 33 fighter pilots still alive. He was also one of the most vocal about the legacy of the African-American World War II pilots. They’ve been credited for their instrumental part in not only breaking down racial walls in the military, but helping to win the war. Their mission was to protect bombers as they tried to attack enemy troops.
Carter continued to serve in the Air Force after the war before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1969. He then became the associate dean for student services at Tuskegeee University and served in several other positions during his time there.”
Tuskegee mayor Johnny Ford ordered flags flown at half-staff shortly after Carter’s death. Mr. Carter was 95.
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