FORT SILL, Okla. - His first victory was graduating from West Point Military Academy as the first African American. Henry O. Flipper made his mark nationally, as well as locally.
He was first stationed at Fort Sill. When he arrived, most people questioned as to whether the first black army officer would fit in. Not only did he fit in but he thrived. He helped eliminate the malaria epidemic on post by digging a ditch to drain the stagnate water from the Martha Songbird area.
His brains and perseverance paved the way for future blacks to succeed in America.
"He was the pioneer, the sacrificial lamb. If it hadn't been for his accomplishments, people like Clarence Thomas, and Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell never would have accomplished the things they accomplished," said historian and actor Wallace Moore.