Herbert Carter (pilot)

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Carter in 2008

Herbert E. Carter (September 27, 1919 – November 8, 2012) was an American Retired Lt. Colonel of the United States Air Force. Carter was a member of the original thirty-three members of the Tuskegee Airmen.[1] Carter flew seventy-seven missions with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.[1]

Carter was born in Amory, Mississippi on September 27, 1919.[2] He was one of ten children in his family.[3]

Carter served in the United States Air Force for twenty-five years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1969.[1] He obtained a Bachelor of Science in education in 1955 and a master's degree in education in 1969, both degrees from the Tuskegee Institute, while simultaneously serving as an active-duty Air Force officer.[1]

Carter served at the Tuskegee Institute as an associate dean for student services, associate dean for admission and recruiting, and a financial aid counselor following his retirement from the Air Force.[1]

Lt. Colonel Herbert Carter died at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama, on November 8, 2012, at the age of 93.[1] Carter was the last surviving Tuskegee Airman from Mississippi.[3] His late wife, Mildred L. Hemmons-Carter, who died in 2011, was the first African American woman to become a licensed pilot in the state of Alabama.[1][3][4] Together, the Carters were known as the "First Family" of the Tuskegee Airmen.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Gray, Jeremy (2012-11-08). "Tuskegee Airman retired Lt. Col. Herbert Carter died today, reports state". AL.com. Alabama Media Group. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  2. ^ Otto, Steve (2012-11-12). "An American hero's dream outlives him". Tampa Tribune. Tampa Bay Online. Archived from the original on 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  3. ^ a b c Van Dusen, Ray (2012-11-14). "Flying higher than ever: Amory native, Tuskegee Airman passes away". Monroe Journal. Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  4. ^ Drash, Wayne (2012-01-23). "A midair courtship: Tuskegee's historic love story". CNN. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  5. ^ Davis, JoBeth (2011-10-24). "First female graduate of Tuskegee Civilian Pilot program dies at 90". WSFA. Archived from the original on 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2012-12-04.