Tuskegee Airman and Army's First Black Helicopter Pilot Dies

Tuskegee Airman and Army's First Black Helicopter Pilot Dies

Published June 18, 2010

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — A man from Washington state who became the Army's first black helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War has died.

William H. Holloman, a Tuskegee airman in World War II who also served in Vietnam, was 85.

The Tuskegee Airmen association said Thursday that Holloman died Friday in Renton after suffering a heart attack. He was a St. Louis native who lived in Kent.

As an 18-year-old, Holloman entered the Army Air Corps and trained with the all-black program at the Tuskegee, Ala., Army Flying School.

Tuskegee Airmen says that after the war, Holloman worked as a commercial pilot but was recalled in 1966 to serve in Vietnam.

Written by <P>BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press Writer</P>

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