Maj. Gen. Harold L. "Mitch" Mitchell, Tuskegee Airman Retired Lt. Col. Bill Holloman and Lt. Col. Kimberly Scott prepare to present certificates to students as part of the Michael Anderson Memorial Scholarship event at Seattle's Museum of Flight. Colonel Holloman is one of the famed "Tuskegee Airmen" who broke the military's color barrier by becoming a World War II fighter pilot. He died June 11, 2010, in Kent, Wash. General Mitchell is the Deputy Inspector General of the Air Force, in Washington D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Moody)
6/17/2010 - SAN ANTONIO (AFNS) -- Retired Lt. Col. William H. Holloman III, 85, one of the famed "Tuskegee Airmen" who broke the military's color barrier by becoming a World War II fighter pilot, died June 11 in Kent, Wash.
Colonel Holloman continued to serve during the Korean War and became the Air Force's first African-American helicopter pilot. He went to war again in Vietnam.
After World War II, Colonel Holloman worked in South America and flew small commercial planes in Canada. Later as an Air Force reservist, he was called back to active duty for tours during the Korean War and in Vietnam. It was during that time he switched services and joined the Army.
After he retired in 1972 from the Army, he continued to serve his country by teaching younger generations about how the war and aviation intersected in a way that helped end racial separation.
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