Tuskegee Airman Herbert Carter Dead at 95


TUSKEGEE -- Tuskegee Airman Retired Col. Herbert E. Carter died Thursday at East Alabama Medical Center. He was 95.

Carter was a university alumnus and member of the original cadre of the 99th Fighter Squadron of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. He flew combat missions during the North African, Sicilian, Italian and European campaigns of World War II.

"Col. Carter's entire life was an inspiration to generations of students not only at Tuskegee University but also to youth and adults throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia," said Tuskegee University president, Gilbert L. Rochon. "He fought for freedom from tyranny internationally and for freedom from discrimination at home in America. His commitment to excellence and determination to succeed will set the standard for the next generations of Tuskegee Airmen."

Carter also served as a professor of air science and commander of the Air Force ROTC Detachment 15 at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) from 1950 to 1955 and professor of aerospace studies from 1965 to 1969.

Carter was married for more than 60 years to Mildred L. Hemmons Carter, a pilot who was also counted among the Tuskegee Airmen. Mildred Carter died in October 2011.

In remembrance of Carter, the American flag near the Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education will be lowered to half-mast. Also, there will be a moment of silence during an Air Force cadet dinner scheduled for this evening. Funeral arrangements for Carter have not been announced at this time.

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