TIMOTHY HOLSTER
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HONORED ON PANEL 12E, LINE 5 OF THE WALL

TIMOTHY HOLSTER

WALL NAME

TIMOTHY HOLSTER

PANEL / LINE

12E/5

DATE OF BIRTH

08/10/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/01/1966

HOME OF RECORD

BROCKTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Plymouth County

STATE

MA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR TIMOTHY HOLSTER
POSTED ON 6.15.2024

Final Mission of SP4 Timothy Holster

The dry season in Vietnam was the traditional time for the Allies to launch major offensives against the enemy. Between October to May, firm ground and clear skies created ideal condition for the movement of men and materiel, and U.S. and South Vietnamese commanders used this window of opportunity to pursue their tactical goals. In the fall of 1966, General Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces, ordered large search and destroy operations in the provinces north and west of the capital at Saigon. The 1st Infantry Division, reinforced by the 173rd Airborne Brigade and elements of the 11th Armored Cavalry, were deployed along National Route QL-13, an all-weather, two-lane road in Military Region III that traveled through almost 130 kilometers (78 miles) of farmlands, rubber plantations, and dense forest near the Cambodian border. On November 1, 1966, heavy fighting just north of capital took the lives of eleven 1st Infantry Division infantrymen. Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment was conducting search and destroy operations two kilometers (1.2 miles) northeast of Di An in Bien Hoa Province when they made contact with a large Viet Cong force firing automatic weapons, small arms, and mortars. The lost U.S. personnel included PFC Edward P. Austin, PFC Charles N. Carson Jr., SSG Charles C. Clark (posthumously promoted to Platoon Sergeant), SGT Marion L. Draper, SGT James L. Holcomb, SP4 Timothy Holster, SGT Donald K. Lakey, PFC Michael L. Pugh, SGT Klaus Warrelmann, SP4 Jerry P. Witt, and SP4 Randy B. Wright. Draper, Holcomb, Holster, Pugh, and Witt were posthumously awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroism. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, virtualwall.org, firstdivisionmuseum.com, “Taking the Offensive, October 1966-September 1967” by Glenn F. Williams, and SGT Draper’s Bronze Star citation]
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POSTED ON 1.16.2023
POSTED BY: Dan Ross

Thank you Tim

Thank you for your service! I grew up with Tim in Campello Brockton MA. My brother Allan was your best friend.
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POSTED ON 11.14.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your high school classmate John Fanning is poignant and reflects his admiration and respect for you. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 1.30.2022
POSTED BY: A Fellow Soldier

Brockton Remembers Her Fallen Son

Timothy was the son of Edwin C and Grace Holster.

He was in the Army, light weapons infantry, and began his Vietnam tour on April 13, 1966 attached to the 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, Company C.

Timothy died of multiple fragmentation wounds to the back from hostile ground action.

Bronze Star Medal (Valor) and Purple Heart

There is a playground in Brockton dedicated in Timothy's name.
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POSTED ON 3.11.2020
POSTED BY: John Fanning

Thinking of You

We graduated from Brockton High together in 1965. While I was attending college in safety, you gave your tomorrows so I could have my today. Thank you, sir.
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