You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Herbert Carter, among original Tuskegee Airmen in WWII; at 95

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — Retired Lieutenant Colonel Herbert ­Eugene Carter, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen who broke color barriers in the US military during World War II, has died.

Mayor Johnny Ford of Tuskegee said Mr. Carter died Thursday afternoon at East ­Alabama Medical Center. He was 95.

Continue reading below

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black aviators in the US military.

During World War II, they were trained as a segregated unit in central Alabama at Tuskegee Institute, which is now known as Tuskegee University.

Mr. Carter was a member of the first group that trained for the 99th Fighter Squadron.

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen were prohibited from fighting alongside their white counterparts and faced severe prejudice, yet became one of most respected fighter squadrons during World War II.

Mr. Carter flew 77 missions and crashed-landed only once.

Tuskegee’s mayor ordered flags in the city flown at half-staff in Mr. Carter’s honor.

Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.