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Lieut John Parker Holden, II
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Birth: Nov. 10, 1943
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 11, 1968
Quang Tri, Vietnam

US Marine Corps
Vietnam Veteran

HMM-163, MAG-39, 1ST MAW
7561 - PILOT HMH/M/L/A (I)

Location on The Wall - Panel 49E - Line 23

In the early morning hours of 11 April 1968, an H-34 helicopter of HMM-163 launched on a med-evac mission. The H-34 was escorted by two UH-1 gunship helicopters from VMO-6.

After picking up four wounded Marines from near Khe Sanh, the H-34 and its escorts proceeded toward Dong Ha. While enroute, a mid-air collision occurred between the H-34 and the lead UH-1 when the UH-1, which was in trail, came into contact with the H-34. Both aircraft crashed and burned near the abandoned refugee camp at Cam Lo. The casualties included:

Aboard the H-34 (BuNo 145804):
Capt Eugene R Gannon
2nd Lt John Parker Holden II
Cpl John Arleigh Nixon
Cpl Frederick Dunham Graten

Passengers:
HM Frank P Addice
Cpl Robert Winslow Belcher
Pfc Dennis R Davidson
Pfc Richard E Erwin
Pfc Charles R Finley

Aboard the UH-1E (BuNo 154968):
Capt Bruce F McMillan
1st Lt Ronald E Riede
Cpl Paul J Allen
LCpl Michael G DeMarco

John Holden married Jamie Catherine Morris 1 Dec.1967 in Brewton, Al.



 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: Feb 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65699605
Lieut John Parker Holden, II
Added by: Pennsylvania Lady
 
Lieut John Parker Holden, II
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Lieut John Parker Holden, II
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Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Oct. 28, 2012

- The Jeans
 Added: Feb. 15, 2011
 
 
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