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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 Lt. Colonel in 1969.[1] He obtained a Bachelor's 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]


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