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Tuskegee Airman Herbert Carter dies


One of the last Tuskegee Airman has died at the age of 95.

Retired Lt. Colonel Herbert Carter was one of the 33 original Tuskegee Airmen and had ties to Waterloo, including a nephew, Mike Carter.

Mike Carter said his uncle died yesterday at an Alabama hospital after becoming sick.

The airman was a decorated fighter pilot and flew 77 combat missions in 14 months during World War II.

He flew five different types of aircraft during his career, Mike Carter said.

Herbert Carter met his wife, Mildred, while he was training to fly at Tuskegee University. She was Alabama's first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license.

"Mildred was his wife. His first love," Mike Carter said. "The Tuskegee Airmen was his second love."

Mildred Carter died in 2011. Both of them helped consult producers during the creation of the movie "Red Tails," which profiled some of the original Tuskegee Airmen. 

"When she died, he had a broken heart," Mike Carter said of his uncle.

Herbert Carter was one of the most recognized Tuskegee Airmen. In 2006, he earned France's highest honor, the Shevalier Legion of Honor, for his service during the liberation of France in World War II.

The following year, Carter was recognized by President George W. Bush when he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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