Holt, Merril


Rank: Private First Class

Unit: A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

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

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 22-Oct-1949

Hometown: Matoaka, West Virginia

Marital status: Married to Arlene J. Holt

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 16-Sep-1969

Start of tour: 18-Feb-1970

Incident date: 20-Jun-1970

Date of casualty: 20-Jun-1970

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Artillery/Mortar/Rocket. Artillery, rocket, or mortar.
Merril Holt was killed while at a night defensive position when the area came under mortar attack by a hostile force. / At night defensive position (NDP).  Received hostile mortar attack.

Two Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
PFC Thomas Dwain Griffin
PFC Merril Holt

Location of fatality: Cambodia, XU 442 017

Place of interment: Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, West Virginia, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 09W 073 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)