JOHN A HOLDERBAUM
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HONORED ON PANEL 49W, LINE 38 OF THE WALL

JOHN ARTHUR HOLDERBAUM

WALL NAME

JOHN A HOLDERBAUM

PANEL / LINE

49W/38

DATE OF BIRTH

11/21/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/09/1968

HOME OF RECORD

KALAMAZOO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Kalamazoo County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN ARTHUR HOLDERBAUM
POSTED ON 3.6.2007
POSTED BY: Bob (Butch) Hall

Final Days

I still remember your last day as if it were yesterday. I'm posting a picture I took of you just a couple of days before you died in hopes that it will give others some comfort. I'm sorry we couldn't return home together. I think of you often and will continue to for the rest of my days
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POSTED ON 11.2.2003
POSTED BY: Jen Steffen

A True Hero...

Dear John,

I am a senior at Gridley High School in Gridley, Illinois. As a class challenge, I am remembering all those who have willingly gave up their lives for this country. I can’t imagine the hardships you encountered or even begin to realize what you went through. You are a hero to all and will not be forgotten. Thank you John.

Sincerely,
Jen Steffen
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POSTED ON 11.9.2002
POSTED BY: Bob Holderbaum

We've not forgotten little brother!

You're gone brother but we'll never, ever forget you. Seeing your name on panel 49West always stirs my emotions: Pride (of our family name being so honorably perpetuated and my pride for your heroism); guilt (always wondering why the older brother didn't have to die); love/sadness (while we were, in many ways, very different, we did grow up under the same roof--our twin beds had those blankets with the cowboys-with-lariats on them...); anger/shame (that the United States sent young men off to war to prop up such arrogant, corrupt S. Vietnamese leaders in the name of "fighting communism." Rest in peace...your name is etched into the hill side in our nation's capital, brother.
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