JOHN N HOLCOMB
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HONORED ON PANEL 37W, LINE 32 OF THE WALL

JOHN NOBLE HOLCOMB

WALL NAME

JOHN N HOLCOMB

PANEL / LINE

37W/32

DATE OF BIRTH

06/11/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHUOC LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/03/1968

HOME OF RECORD

RICHLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Baker County

STATE

OR

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN NOBLE HOLCOMB
POSTED ON 10.19.2017
POSTED BY: Billy

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

My Savior
POSTED ON 6/28/01 - BY STEVE BANKO
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
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POSTED ON 10.19.2017
POSTED BY: Kenny D

Thank you for Giving All You Had on that Day of Destiny

Medal of Honor Recipient
God Bless You Johnny
You were A Warrior’s Warrior...
RIP
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POSTED ON 12.3.2016
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Medal of Honor Citation

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

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

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
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POSTED ON 3.19.2016
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN

Peace with Honor

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.
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POSTED ON 11.5.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

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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