Emily Perez, was the first female African American Cadet Command Sergeant Major in the history of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She was deployed to Iraq in December as a Medical Service Corps officer and killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near her Humvee during combat operations in Al Kifl, near Najaf. Aged 23, she was the first female graduate of West Point to die in the Iraq War

Emily Perez, was the first female African American Cadet Command Sergeant Major in the history of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She was deployed to Iraq in December as a Medical Service Corps officer and killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near her Humvee during combat operations in Al Kifl, near Najaf. Aged 23, she was the first female graduate of West Point to die in the Iraq War

West Point House Flag measures a 30x40 inches, is made of thick polyester, has a top sleeve for insertion of a flagpole, and the NCAA...

West Point House Flag measures a 30x40 inches, is made of thick polyester, has a top sleeve for insertion of a flagpole, and the NCAA...

The United States Military Academy at West Point is built on traditions. Read about 12 of the most popular ones in "West Point" magazine. (Photographed: Brigade Staff during a parade.)

The United States Military Academy at West Point is built on traditions. Read about 12 of the most popular ones in "West Point" magazine. (Photographed: Brigade Staff during a parade.)

Born into slavery in Thomasville, Georgia, on March 21, 1856, Henry Ossian Flipper was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1873. Over the next four years he overcame harassment, isolation, and insults to become West Point’s first African American graduate and the first African American commissioned officer in the regular U.S. Army.

Born into slavery in Thomasville, Georgia, on March 21, 1856, Henry Ossian Flipper was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1873. Over the next four years he overcame harassment, isolation, and insults to become West Point’s first African American graduate and the first African American commissioned officer in the regular U.S. Army.

West Point--one of my favorite places in the US....used to go up there a lot when I was a kid.

West Point--one of my favorite places in the US....used to go up there a lot when I was a kid.

JEB Stuart's West Point Class Ring, gold with a green stone depicting the West Point insignia. This ring was given to him by his mother and father when he graduated in 1854.

JEB Stuart's West Point Class Ring, gold with a green stone depicting the West Point insignia. This ring was given to him by his mother and father when he graduated in 1854.

Henry Ossian Flipper 1856-1940 born into slavery in Georgia. He was an American soldier, in 1877 he was the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Also earned 2nd lieutenant in US Army. He was the first non white to lead Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th cavalry. He was pardoned by president Bill Clinton in 1999.

Henry Ossian Flipper 1856-1940 born into slavery in Georgia. He was an American soldier, in 1877 he was the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Also earned 2nd lieutenant in US Army. He was the first non white to lead Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th cavalry. He was pardoned by president Bill Clinton in 1999.

Andrea Lee Holden was, in 1980, the first woman to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She was also the first woman Rhodes Scholar at West Point. She earned a master’s degree at Oxford, and retired from the military in 1992 as a major.

Andrea Lee Holden was, in 1980, the first woman to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She was also the first woman Rhodes Scholar at West Point. She earned a master’s degree at Oxford, and retired from the military in 1992 as a major.

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