Gary Olson HolsingerCorporal
B CO, 2ND BN, 12TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
17 April 1942 - 04 March 1968
New Boston, Ohio
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Gary Olson Holsinger was 25 years old when he died in military service near Hue, Vietnam.
He began his military career on July 26, 1967. He arrived in Vietnam on 21 December 1967, just 5 months after his enlistment. He was a rifleman in the Army, B Company, 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry. He was reported missing in action on 4 Feb 1968. In mid March, 1968, his family was notified that his body had been located, and he had been mortally wounded during a combat mission near Hue, Vietnam. Sadly, he was killed just 7 months and 4 days after he first reported for duty.
Corporal Holsinger received the Silver Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Badge with Machine Gun bar, and Sharpshooter Badge with rifle and pistol bar.
His remains were returned home to Scioto County, Ohio, where he was laid to rest in McKendree Cemetery.
He was survived by his mother, Juanita Holsinger; 3 sisters - Roberta Holsinger Lavender, Barbara Welty, and Deborah Bunger - and several nieces and nephews. One son, Gary Olson Holsinger, Jr. preceeded him death.
He is still missed by all of his family and friends. Thanks to this memorial, he will never be forgotten.
A Note from The Virtual WallThe 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, lost eleven men killed in an action in the vicinity of Thon Que Chu, Thua Thien Province, on 04 February 1968. Because they were required to conduct a night march through enemy-held terrain the battalion was unable to bring out their dead at the time, but the bodies were later recovered. A twelth man died two days later of wounds received. The twelve men were
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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 May 2001
Last updated 08/01/2012