Robert Alan HoltCaptain
VMFA-542, MAG-11, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
13 June 1942 - 19 September 1968
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The database page for Robert Alan Holt
Will always be remembered.
Semper Fi, Marines,
Joe Hancharick, Jr.
My own research indicates a small error with the events surrounding the burial of Captain LaVoo and Captain Holt. I only submit this information since, to my knowledge, their Arlington Cemetery internment is unique.
In July 1992, a joint United States/Vietnamese team, led by the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, visited the suspected area of the crash to interview several informants with firsthand knowledge of the crash site.
One of the informants turned over remains that were said to have been taken from the crash site. The team also examined some aircraft wreckage in the possession of the villagers.
Another joint team re-interviewed one of the informants in August 1993, while another team, in January 1994, surveyed the crash site again and recommended it for excavation.
Then, in May 1994, excavation team members recovered numerous crew-related items as well as human remains.
A fifth team continued the excavation in June and July 1994 and recovered additional remains and crew-related artifacts.
A sixth team completed the excavation in August 1994, recovering some further artifacts, but no remains.
Anthropological analysis of the remains and other evidence by the United States Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii, confirmed the following:
Therefore, on July 19th of 1999, an unusual and unique ceremony was held in Arlington National Cemetery. With full military honors, the identifiable remains of Captain John Allan La Voo were interred. In a separate plot next to Captain La Voo, the unidentifiable remains of both crewmen were interred. The identifiable remains of Captain Robert Alan Holt were returned to his father, transported to Reading, and formally interred at Forest Glen Cemetery, where his mother was buried.
From a hometown researcher for American Legion Post 62,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 19 Sep 1968, Captain John A. La Voo , pilot, and Captain Robert A. Holt, RIO, participated in a strike on a storage site near Mai Xa Ha, about 13 miles north of the DMZ. On his second pass at the target, La Voo's F-4B (BuNo 152232) was hit by enemy fire and continued its dive until ground impact. Neither crewman ejected from the aircraft.
Both men were classed as Killed in Action, Body not Recovered. After several excavation efforts at the crash site, human remains were recovered in September 1994. On 19 May 1999, the Defense Department announced that the remains had been positively identified as those of La Voo and Holt, and the two men were buried in Arlington National Cemetery on 19 July 1999.
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
a roommate at The Basic School, Quantico,
Joe Hancharick, Jr.
6125 7th St., King George, Va 22485
7 Nov 2003
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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