LCpl Gary Arthur Holsclaw

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LCpl Gary Arthur Holsclaw

  • Birth 13 Feb 1948 Placer County, California, USA
  • Death 2 Jul 1967
  • Burial Auburn, Placer County, California, USA
  • Plot 703-19--Holsclaw plot
  • Memorial ID 41465355

CALIFORNIA LCPL CO B 1 BN 9 MARINES
VIETNAM PH

Listed on the Vietnam War Memorial

GARY ARTHUR HOLSCLAW
Marine Corps - LCPL - E3

Age: 19
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Feb 13, 1948
From: LOOMIS, CA
Religion: PROTESTANT
Marital Status: Single

Loomis Youth Killed In Viet
A 19-year-old Loomis Marine has become that community's first casualty in the Vietnam War. He is L-Cpl. Gary Holsclaw who died July 2 in action which wiped out his entire company. His battalion was guarding a strip under construction by the Seabees south of the DMZ and extending from the ocean west of Con Thien. Construction was completed the end of June. Tragic action which claimed the lives of Cpl. Holsclaw and other members of his group took place while members were on a sweep and clear mission around the strip. The small group was attacked by a large force of North Vietnamese Army.The 19-year-old Marine, resident of Loomis for the past 17 years, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Holsclaw of Loomis. He joined the Marines in October of last year, earned expert rifle in boot camp and shortly thereafter was promoted meritoriously to PFC. He landed in Vietnam on Easter of this year as part of the Third Platoon of Bravo Company. The group was engaged in a five-day battle on 860. Platoons of Bravo Company triggered action of 881s and 881n when patrols stumbled on 16 North Vietnamese Army supply caves with extensive tunnel systems which led back to Laos and North. Members of the platoons were badly mauled before help arrived. Two weeks later members of Bravo Company pushed through the DMZ in Operation Hickory.The young Loomis resident was graduated in 1966 from Del Oro High School where he earned varsity letters in both football and track. He reportedly was a very high average student who seemed to generate enthusiasm into each project in which he took part. Other activities included member of Varsity Club, Spanish, and Pep clubs as well as a member of the Honor Roll in his senior year. Gary's father is a colonel in the Air National Guard at Sacramento. Services are pending at Sands Foothill Chapel in Loomis.

Roseville Press-Tribune, Tuesday, July 11, 1967.


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GARY A HOLSCLAW is on the Wall at Panel 22E, Line 104.
May his sacrifice not be forgotten.
- Billy M. Brown
Added: Feb. 25, 2013


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  • Created by: Glenda Ragan
  • Added: 1 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41465355
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LCpl Gary Arthur Holsclaw (13 Feb 1948–2 Jul 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41465355, citing Old Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, Placer County, California, USA ; Maintained by Glenda Ragan (contributor 47164677) .