Holder, Leonard Donald


Rank: Colonel

Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 1203 – Tank Unit Commander

Awards: Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, United Nations Service Medal for Korea

Unit awards: Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Note: UH-1D, Tail # 66-00977, Passenger

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 19-Mar-2020

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Marital status: Married to Harriet R. Holder, two sons, one daughter

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 27-Nov-1967

Incident date: 21-Mar-1968

Date of casualty: 21-Mar-1968

Age at death: 48

Cause of death: Non-hostile, died of other causes. Helicopter Crash — Passenger (MC). Aircraft loss, crash not at sea.
Leonard Donald Holder died from burns received while passenger on a military aircraft on routine flight when the aircraft crashed and burned during routine landing.

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
COL Leonard Donald Holder
SP4 Daniel Thomas

Location of fatality: Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, YT 054 118*

Place of interment: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 45E 047 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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