GARY E HOLTZCLAW
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HONORED ON PANEL 26W, LINE 99 OF THE WALL

GARY EARL HOLTZCLAW

WALL NAME

GARY E HOLTZCLAW

PANEL / LINE

26W/99

DATE OF BIRTH

11/17/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/02/1969

HOME OF RECORD

CORBIN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Whitley County

STATE

KY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

1LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GARY EARL HOLTZCLAW
POSTED ON 7.7.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt Gary Holtzclaw, Thank you for your service as an Infantry Officer. It was just 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 5.2.2018
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam, 1969

Silver Star Citation

Gary Earl Holtzclaw
DATE OF BIRTH: 17-Nov-44
HOME OF RECORD:
Corbin, Kentucky
Gary Holtzclaw graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1967. Less than a month after the mission that earned him the Silver Star, he was killed in a mid-air collision with another helicopter in Vietnam.

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: First Lieutenant
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
GENERAL ORDERS:
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Gary E. Holtzclaw (MCSN: 0-101637), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of Company F, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 10 April 1969, during Operation PURPLE MARTIN, Company F, while conducting a search and destroy operation, came under intense fire from a well-entrenched, heavily fortified North Vietnamese Army company and sustained several casualties. Without hesitation, First Lieutenant Holtzclaw advanced to the point of heaviest contact and began to direct the fire of his men against the enemy. During the ensuing fire fight, he repeatedly disregarded his own safety as he moved from one position to another, encouraging and directing his men in coordinating supporting fire on hostile targets. When the enemy attack subsided, First Lieutenant Holtzclaw supervised evacuation of casualties, reorganized his company, and continued to pursue the enemy. His unflagging determination and bold fighting spirit inspired all who observed him and contributed immeasurably to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his extraordinary courage, superb leadership and selfless devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Holtzclaw upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
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POSTED ON 7.14.2015

Classmates

A very nice person. Same graduating class
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POSTED ON 4.12.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 1LT Gary Earl Holtzclaw, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 4.14.2012

Crash Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46D tail number 152559

On 02 May 1969 a flight of four helicopters from C Company, 158th Avn Bn, were assigned to inserting a reconnaissance team into an area about 20 nautical miles west of Dong Ha. The flight (2 gunships and 2 troop carriers) departed Camp Evans at about 0800, but upon arrival at the landing zone they were advised that tactical air support was not available and the insertion was aborted. The UH-1 flight began their return to Camp Evans, flying in an easterly direction at about 1300 feet above sea level. At the same time, USMC CH-46 helicopters from HMM-262 were conducting a large troop lift in an unrelated operation. As one of the Army UH-1H's (tail number 67-17596, pilot WO2 J G Mills, 4 crew and half the recon team) transitioned above the CH-46 landing zone, the door gunner observed a CH-46D lifting off and warned his pilot that the CH-46 was about a quarter mile astern and 200 feet below the Huey. WO2 Mills directed the gunner to keep the CH-46 in sight and advise. As the Huey continued, the gunner observed that the CH-46 was overtaking the Huey and apparently would pass beneath it in a starboard quarter to port bow direction. The gunner advised WO2 Mills and passed the contact off to the crew chief, who was on the port side of the Huey. The crew chief could not see the CH-46, which actually climbed through the Huey's altitude on the right side. As it did so, the rotor blades of the two aircraft collided. There weren't any windows above the CH-46 pilot's position which prevented them from seeing the UH-1. The CH-46 pitched up and to its right and its aft pylon separated from the aircraft. It continued in a right-hand roll until ground impact. The Huey experienced partial control loss and made a precautionary landing about 500 meters from the CH-46 wreckage. Two of the recon team had been injured, but the remaining men set up a hasty defensive perimeter. Another USMC CH-46 landed nearby; its crew checked the downed CH-46, finding no survivors. The CH-46 took the Huey crew and passengers aboard and took them to the Vandergrift combat base. The bodies of the men in the CH-46D were recovered separately, as was the UH-1. Twelve men in the CH-46D lost their lives. Crew members were 1LT Robert E. Trigalet, pilot, 1LT Thomas E. Williams, Jr., copilot, LCPL Melvin W. Eakins, crew chief, LCPL Timothy H. Pyle, gunner, and LCPL Larry D. Stollar, gunner. The Fox Company, 24 Marines passengers included 1LT Gary E. Holtzclaw, 1SGT James H. Sumner, SGT Richard B. Bennett, LCPL Troy E. Powell, LCPL Charles H. Shelton, PFC David F. Osborne, and PFC Stephen A. Vix, Jr. [Accounts taken from virtualwall.org and vhpa.org]
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