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is honored on Panel 37W, Line 32 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Please read the Remembrance below of GI who served with Sgt. Holcomb

    Posted on 10/19/17 - by Billy
    My Savior
    John Holcomb died to keep me alive. We were squad leaders in Company D, 2d Bn, 7th Cav on Dec. 3, 1968
    when we were ambushed by the 368th VC Main Force Battalion. We fought for more than five hours that day
    and a lot of guys did a lot of heroic things that day to keep us from being overrun. But when the barrel of my
    M-60 was blow off and my side of the landing zone was left unprotected, Holcomb got up and ran across fifty
    meters of that bullet swept battlefield to bring me another. In doing so, John took four bullets. For many years,
    I thought that I had stolen something from him and the others of our company who died that day. Recently,
    I've been able to look at it differently - to accept that he and all those who died that day gave me a gift and that
    the only disgrace in receiving that gift would be to squander it. Since coming to that realization, John, I've tried
    to live every day of my life to honor your sacrifice; to make you proud to know that your gift is not being wasted.
    I will do so for every day of my life.

    Garryowen, John
    Steve Banko - Heavy Bones 1-1
  • Thank you for Giving All You Had on that Day of Destiny

    Posted on 10/19/17 - by Kenny D
    Medal of Honor Recipient
    God Bless You Johnny
    You were A Warrior’s Warrior...
  • Medal of Honor Citation

    Posted on 12/3/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    John Noble Holcomb
    Date of birth: June 11, 1946
    Date of death: December 3, 1968
    Burial location: Richland, Oregon
    Place of Birth: Oregon, Baker
    Home of record: Corvallis Oregon
    Status: KIA


    Medal of Honor

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Sergeant John Noble Holcomb (ASN: 18801905), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Quan Loi, Republic of Vietnam, on 3 December 1968. Sergeant Holcomb distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader in Company D during a combat assault mission. Sergeant Holcomb's company assault had landed by helicopter and deployed into a hasty defensive position to organize for a reconnaissance-in-force mission when it was attacked from three sides by an estimated battalion-size enemy force. Sergeant Holcomb's squad was directly in the path of the main enemy attack. With complete disregard for the heavy fire, Sergeant Holcomb moved among his men giving encouragement and directing fire on the assaulting enemy. When his machine gunner was knocked out, Sergeant Holcomb seized the weapon, ran to a forward edge of the position, and placed withering fire on the enemy. His gallant actions caused the enemy to withdraw. Sergeant Holcomb treated and carried his wounded to a position of safety and reorganized his defensive sector despite a raging grass fire ignited by the incoming enemy mortar and rocket rounds. When the enemy assaulted the position a second time, Sergeant Holcomb again manned the forward machinegun, devastating the enemy attack and forcing the enemy to again break contact and withdraw. During the enemy withdrawal an enemy rocket hit Sergeant Holcomb's position, destroying his machinegun and severely wounding him. Despite his painful wounds, Sergeant Holcomb crawled through the grass fire and exploding mortar and rocket rounds to move the members of his squad, everyone of whom had been wounded, to more secure positions. Although grievously wounded and sustained solely by his indomitable will and courage, Sergeant Holcomb as the last surviving leader of his platoon organized his men to repel the enemy, crawled to the platoon radio and reported the third enemy assault on his position. His report brought friendly supporting fires on the charging enemy and broke the enemy attack. Sergeant Holcomb's inspiring leadership, fighting spirit, in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 9 (March 9, 1971)

    Action Date: 3-Dec-68

    Service: Army

    Rank: Sergeant

    Company: Company D

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 7th Cavalry Regiment

    Division: 1st Cavalry Division
  • Peace with Honor

    Posted on 3/19/16 - by Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN
    You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor John.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/5/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT John Noble Holcomb, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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