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.
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