Profiles of Bravery

2nd Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper

1877: First black cadet to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy

Henry Flipper

Flipper was the first African-American to be commissioned in the Army, or any other branch of the U.S. military and became the first African-American officer to command African-American Soldiers when he assumed command of Troop A, 10th Calvary Regiment, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, at Fort Sill, Okla. Before Flipper took command, all African-American units were commanded by white officers.

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