The database page for Leonard Donald Holder
I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: From now on those who die believing in the Lord are blessed." "Yes," says the Spirit. "Let them rest from their hard work. What they have done goes with them." (Revelation 14:13)
From his son.
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 21 March 1968 a UH-1D belonging to HQ Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry, tail number 66-00977, lifted off from Plantation Airfield. The aircraft carried eight men - four aircrew, the regiment's newly-assigned Commanding Officer, and three senior staff members. The Huey had a turbine blade failure after lift-off and crashed, killing two and injuring the other six men. The two dead were COL Leonard D. Holder, San Antonio, TX, C.O., 11th Armored Cav, and SP4 Daniel Thomas, New York, NY, crew chief.
The 11th Cavalry was established in 1901 and promptly dispatched to the Philippine Islands. After returning from the Philippines the regiment served in the American southwest and holds the distinction of conducting the last mounted cavalry charge in US military history (5 May 1916).
"Reinvented" as the 11th Cavalry Group (Mechanized) in 1943, the 11th Cavalry served in Europe. B Troop, 44th Recon Sqdn, commanded by then-1LT Leonard D. Holder, was the first element of the 11th Cavalry to cross the English Channel.
Colonel Holder is buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 02 Apr 2008
Last updated 04/11/2008