Today’s #TBT extraordinary military family member is Mildred Hemmons Carter. She was married to Herbert Carter, a Tuskegee Airman.
Just prior to the U.S. entering WWII, Mildred had earned her pilot’s license making her the first African American female to do so. •
She had found a lot of freedom in flying, but opportunities were limited for women and especially so for women of color. When the US did enter the war, she had offered to go but was denied. When the US was recruiting women in the newly formed WASP aviation unit, she again was denied. •
While she never got her opportunity to fly for America, she did continue to help train new pilots. This was how she met her husband when he was a cadet. •
In the beginning they couldn’t officially date, so they would have dates flying their planes next to each other. When he graduated, they married and were married for 70 years!
After the war, she continued to help young pilots and mentored many women who went on to fly for the military. She (and others) were eventually recognized by the government for their willingness to want to join the military and even though they were denied, they still offered their talents to help serve and train others.