196 INF BDE

21ST INF RGT

Richard Ancil Holt

First Lieutenant
D CO, 3RD BN, 21ST INFANTRY, 196 INF BDE
Army of the United States
25 November 1946 - 06 June 1968
Atlanta, Georgia
Panel 59W Line 005

Silver Star

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard Ancil Holt

02 Dec 2005

A humble salute to my fallen friend who gave all for his country.

Dennis A. Tague
Captain, USAF (Ret)
Biloxi, MS
dennymous@yahoo.com

09 Mar 2006

I knew Richard, his Mom, Dad and brother and was a best man at his wedding at the Fort McPherson, Georgia, Post Chapel. John Tilton and I even found out where he had hidden his sports car and threw bags of rice and confetti into its interior. We had been Boy Scouts together and quite close. I was at Fort Bragg, NC, when I heard of his death and wasn't able to attend his funeral in Marietta. His spirit did visit me a year later when I was returning to Atlanta and even though I did not know where his grave site was I drove right to the spot and found it two or three rows in from the drive.

During one Memorial Day Ceremony at the same National Cemetery after the wreath laying program a man came up to me who recognized my name and it was Richard's brother. He now comes from the west Georgia area to visit his Mom, Dad, and Richard.

Strange world. Gone, but not forgotten.

From a friend,
Dean E. Smith, LTC (Retired)
dean.smith@dol.state.ga.us

14 Nov 2006

Dick, you are thought of often.

When I think of you, I recall your infectious smile and can-do attitude.

You got us (me and the rest of the platoon) through Sand Hill Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, April - June 1966.

You had attended North Georgia Military College, knew more military stuff than us newbies, but were willing to help us get through, too. Your leadership talents were evident then, too.

You were so gung-ho about your application to Infantry OCS, you gave me the encouragement to apply also. I got the the short straw (or so I thought) and went to Fort Sill, OK, for Artillery OCS.

I could go on, but I have said enough for now. It still hurts.

God Bless and hope to see you one day, over rainbow bridge.

From a friend,
Doug Andrews, LTC, JAGC (USA, Ret)
7 Falligant Ave, Savannah, GA 31410
(912) 657-1515
andrewsdg@sysconn.com

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 5, 6, and 7 Jun 1968, the 3rd Bn, 21st Infantry fought their way through an NVA/VC complex located on Hill 406, about 8 kilometers nort-northeast of Tien Phuoc. Nine US soldiers were killed in the fighting:
  • 05 June
    • 1LT James W. Cox, Prineville, OR, B Company
    • PSGT Gaylord B. Hendrickson, Mission, KS, B Company
    • SGT Mac Arthur G. Gee, Charlotte Court House, VA, B Company

  • 06 June
    • 1LT Richard A. Holt, Atlanta, GA, D Company (Silver Star)
    • CPL Louis G. Rhoades, De Pere, WI, HQ Company (medic)

  • 07 June

First Lieutenant Richard A. Holt is buried in Site 108, Section R, Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Georgia.



The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Dennis A. Tague
Captain, USAF (Retired)
Biloxi, Ms
dennymous@yahoo.com



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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 Dec 2005
Last updated 06/17/2008