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  • West Point Graduation Day!
  • On June 14, 1877 Henry Ossian Flipper graduated fiftienth in his class of seventy-six. After his graduation he accepted a commision to be a second lieutenant.
  • As an officer of the 10th calvary Henry Flipper helped serve at many forts. Flipper served at many forts including Fort Concho, Elliot, Quitman, and Davis.
  • After Flippers graduation he was assigned an appointment in Fort Sill. He became the first African-American officer to command African-American troops also known as the Buffalo Soldiers. 
  • Also while at Fort Sill he utilized his engineering skills, and constructed roads and a system to help drain stagnant pools of water. These pools were known to spread Malaria. This project was such a success they named it after him "Flipper's Ditch". 
  • In 1882 Flipper was accused of embezzlement after he discovered post funds missing from his room. Because of this he was found guilty and dismissed from service on June 30, 1882.
  • On May 3, 1940 Flipper died of a heart attack. After his death out of respect in 1976 a statue was unveiled at West Point honoring him. Every year West Point would give an award to the graduate who exemplified the highest qualities of leadership, self-descipline, and perseverance.
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