Doyle Holcomb

Private First Class
A CO, 2ND BN, 503RD INFANTRY, 173 ABN BDE
Army of the United States
29 April 1944 - 22 June 1967
Johnson City, Tennessee
Panel 22E Line 041

173 ABN BDE

503RD INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Airborne!

The database page for Doyle Holcomb

25 Nov 2006

I remember Doyle Holcomb, Airborne.

The last time I saw Doyle alive he had a pair of antlers tied to his ruck sack. We were waiting for the last lift of choppers to pick us up. We were headed for Dak To. I didn't get to talk to Doyle before A company was lifted to the mountain Landing Zone on June 21, 1967. On 6/22/67 Company A 2/503 came under fire. They took on NVA regulars that out-numbered them by 5-1. They fought until they ran out of ammo. 74 of America's best died that day. Doyle was found at the front of the fight. I think about Doyle almost daily.

From a fellow soldier,
JBW
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On 22/23 June 1967 three platoons of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, were effectively wiped out in a meeting engagement with a battalion of North Vietnamese Army regulars. Seventy-four men from A Company died, 43 of them previously wounded men who were executed by close-range gunshots to the head during the night of 22/23 June. PFC Doyle Holcomb was one of the men who died in the fighting which became known as

the Battle of the Slopes



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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 Nov 2006
Last updated 11/28/2006