In 1877, Henry O. Flipper became both the U.S. Military Academy’s first African-American graduate and the first African-American to be commissioned in the U.S. Army, or any other branch of the U.S. military.
Flipper went on to become the first African-American officer to command African-American Soldiers when he assumed command of Troop A, 10th Cavalry Regiment, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
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