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Holloman was born in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1924. His father worked for the US Postal Service from 1919 until 1969. As a child, Holloman was sheltered from discrimination. His family never sat at the cafeteria to eat so he never knew that he wasn't allowed to.There was a movie theater in every neighborhood for them to go to. He never realized that he couldn't go downtown to a movie. The school he attended was all black. It wasn't until he returned home for his first leave in 1944 that he experienced racism. He and a friend went downtown to a movie and were told by the ticket taker that he couldn't bring a colored girl in. When Holloman replied that he wasn't white he was told that he couldn't go in either.Holloman took the exam for aviation cadet training in August 1942. In November he received his draft notice. He reported to the draft board and was sworn in to the US Army Air Corps Reserve. Holloman was changing his clothes after church when he heard his father tell his mother that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. Holloman was 17 years old at the time. Hearing that the Japanese had bombed Hawaii didn't bother Holloman that much. He had no idea where Pearl Harbor was. The following morning when President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan one of Holloman's cousins went right to the recruiter and enlisted in the army.
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