Henry Ossian Flipper Biography
Birthday: March 21, 1856 (Aries)
Born In: Thomasville, Georgia, United States
Henry Ossian Flipper was an American soldier who was the first non-white officer to graduate from the 'United States Military Academy' at West Point. He was also the first African–American to command one of the ''all-black'' regiments of the ‘US Army.’ He was commissioned as a second lieutenant. While in the ‘US Army,’ Flipper completed a few projects that white officers had failed to complete previously. In addition to publishing his first autobiography, he also displayed his skills as a prolific engineer and served during the Apache Wars and the Victorio Campaign. Despite such achievements, Flipper was always looked down upon due to his ethnicity and his background as a slave. He encountered racism throughout his training years and military career. A few higher officers who supported Flipper also turned against him after a conspiracy. Flipper was given a dishonorable discharge, which was highly disputed for being racially motivated. As a civilian, too, Flipper lived a life full of achievements. He served in the 'United States Justice Department' and translated Spanish and Mexican laws that are now used as references. Flipper simultaneously attempted to clear his name from the injustice but failed and finally died of natural causes in 1940. He was given a posthumous honorable discharge.