ELMER L HOLDEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 58W, LINE 9 OF THE WALL

ELMER LARRY HOLDEN

WALL NAME

ELMER L HOLDEN

PANEL / LINE

58W/9

DATE OF BIRTH

02/19/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/09/1968

HOME OF RECORD

OKLAHOMA CITY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Oklahoma County

STATE

OK

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

SSGT

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LEFT FOR ELMER LARRY HOLDEN
POSTED ON 12.12.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. I am heartened you returned home after the passage of so many years though I wish it had been under very different circumstances. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 1.6.2021
POSTED BY: Natalie Tetzlaff

Thank you

I wore your bracelet proudly for many years. I am glad you have been returned home. You were never forgotten.
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POSTED ON 6.27.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear SSgt Elmer Holden, Thank you for your service with the 37th Air Rescue Squadron. Thank you for the lives you saved. I am glad you were identified in 2003. WELCOME HOME. Next is Independence Day, and there is no better time to honor you. Please watch over the USA, it still needs your strength. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 6.24.2019

Final Mission of SSGT Elmer L. Holden

On June 9, 1968, a rescue mission was launched from Da Nang Air Base by the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 7th Air Force, in response to a report that a Marine Corps A-4E Skyhawk (#151080) from Marine Attack Squadron 121 (VMA-121) went down and the pilot, LT Walter R. Schmidt Jr., was hung up in a tree in an area 27 miles southeast of Khe Sanh in Quang Tri Province, RVN. The crew left Da Nang at 10:50 AM in a HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicopter, call sign Jolly Green 23, and included U.S. Coast Guard pilot LT Jack C. Rittichier (attached to the 37th ARRS), co-pilot CAPT Richard C. Yeend Jr., flight engineer SSGT Elmer L. Holden, and rescue specialist SGT James D. Locker. Jolly Green 23 arrived on scene after other unsuccessful pick-up attempts were made of the stranded flier who was situated in the bushes next to his chute, reportedly injured and unable to move. Fighter support aircraft put down suppression fire on suspected enemy positions around the downed flier, and at 12:35 PM, Jolly Green 23 transmitted that they were going to make a recovery attempt. The helicopter went into a hover over the Skyhawk pilot and turned to face the west. The pararescue man was being lowered on a wire when Rittichier stated he was taking fire. Jolly Green 23 was advised flames were seen coming out of the left side near the engine. Rittichier started pulling out and was directed to a clearing 1000 meters north where he could set down. As Jolly Green 23 moved towards the open area, he was informed that the fire appeared to be out. Rittichier reached the clearing and said he was going to set it down. He was in a descent but still above the height of the trees along the edge of the clearing when the main rotor stopped turning. The Jolly Green dropped to the ground and burst into flames. Fire consumed the aircraft, reducing it to ashes. There were no survivors. Because of the tactical situation on the ground, no recovery of the Jolly Green 23 crew could be made. The mission was suspended at dusk, and Schmidt was not recovered. He was never seen again. In 2003, an excavation of the crash site was conducted, and the remains of the crewmen were returned to the U.S. Schmidt remains missing. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Robert C. Dubois (February 2002) at www.cc.gatech.edu]
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POSTED ON 3.27.2018

To a brother in arms

I was going through my service memorabilia with my son when we came across his MIA bracelet that I proudly wore on high school. He and all the other Viet Nam vets are the reason I joined the service in 1978 and spent the next 30 of my life in honor of them. May God blessing be on all of our Viet Nam Vets .
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