Friends Say Farewell To Tuskegee Airman

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By CBS-8 Reporter

Carter flew 77 combat missions with the famed 99th Fighter Squadron during World War II. Friends say they will remember him as a strong mentor who was always willing to give. 

Hundreds of mourners paid their last respects to one of the few remaining pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen. Booker Conley, a Tuskegee Airman himself, attended flight school with Carter.

"He set the bar high no question about that in his actions, in his requirements of what he expected of people," said Conley.

As a former professor at Tuskegee University, Carter had the opportunity to help shape many lives. One of those people, Capt. Cedric Madden of the 20th Reconnaissance Squadron, travelled from Missouri to say good bye.

"He came in, he broke barriers, he proved that we could do it and we did and we're going to keep doing it so my job is to teach the next generation that same message so my sons when they start flying will do the same thing," said Madden.

Tuskegee Mayor, Johnny Ford, remembers Carter's determination and courage.

"He was determined to to fight to wars at the same time racism at home in America and facism abroad in the air in the war," said Ford.

Colonel Roosevelt J. Lewis, Jr. took over as President of the local Tuskegee Airman chapter after Carter stepped down. He says Carter travelled the world teaching the legacy of the Airmen.

"This man was truly a transitional figure that permitted so many other people to understand the Tuskegee airmen legacy and the love and patriotism of the country that so many other people had," said Lewis.

 

Friends and family said their last goodbyes to one of the original Tuskegee Airmen.

Lt. Colonel Herbert Carter who died on November 8th, was remembered at a Service at at Tuskegee University Thursday.



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