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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Tuskegee Airman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1919
Birth Location:
Amory, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Tuskegee Airman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1919
Birth Location:
Amory
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Biography

Academic administrator and Tuskegee Airman Herbert E. Carter was born on September 27, 1919 in Amory, Mississippi to parents Willie Ann Sykes Carter and George Washington Carter. He graduated from Tuskegee High School in 1941 and went on to join the United States Army in July of 1942 as a member of the 99th pursuit unit, which was one of the units that became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

While in World War II, he flew seventy-seven combat missions against the German and Italian Air Force in the Northern Africa, Sicilian Italian and European campaigns. The 99th Squadron achieved the outstanding record in Close Tactical Ground Support of the Allied Army. After the war ended, Carter went on to receive his B.S. degree in industrial education in 1955 from Tuskegee University and his M.A. degree in administration and supervision in 1969.

Carter retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force after twenty-six years of commissioned service in 1969. After his retirement, he served at Tuskegee University as Associate Dean of Student Services and Administration until 1985, and continued to visit troops who were deployed overseas.

On June 6, 2006, Carter received the Chevalier Legion of Honor, France’s highest honor and most prestigious award. The award was presented to him by Jacques Chirac, former President of the French Republic, for his outstanding service during the liberation of France during World War II. In March 2007, President George W. Bush honored the Tuskegee Airmen with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Carter passed away on November 8, 2012 at age 93.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Herbert Carter's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Herbert Carter lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Herbert Carter describes his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Herbert Carter describes his grandparents and ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Herbert Carter describes his childhood in Alabama and Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Herbert Carter describes his community in Amory, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Herbert Carter describes his early family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Herbert Carter remembers moving to Tuskegee, Alabama to attend high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Herbert Carter remembers growing up during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Herbert Carter remembers Tuskegee Institute High School in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Herbert Carter recalls his studies at Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Herbert Carter remembers meeting his wife at Tuskegee Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Herbert Carter remembers joining the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Herbert Carter remembers his flight missions during World War II, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Herbert Carter remembers his flight missions during World War II, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Herbert Carter describes his career path after World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Herbert Carter reflects on the brotherhood of his fellow Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Herbert Carter remembers his fellow Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Herbert Carter recalls Charles Edward McGee and Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Herbert Carter remembers General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Herbert Carter describes his duties in the U.S. Air Force after World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Herbert Carter recalls retiring from the U.S. Air Force to become a professor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Herbert Carter describes his work recruiting youth for aerospace careers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Herbert Carter describes the operations of the 99th Pursuit Squadron
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Herbert Carter reflects upon the honors he received as a Tuskegee Airman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Herbert Carter shares his message to future generations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Herbert Carter describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Herbert Carter describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Herbert Carter narrates his photographs