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Donald Walter Holleder

Date of birth: August 3, 1934
Date of death: October 17, 1967
Burial location: Arlington, VA
Place of Birth: New York, Buffalo
Home of record: Webster New York
Status: KIA

Donald Holleder graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1952.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Major (Infantry) Donald Walter Holleder (ASN: 0-73723), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action. On 17 October 1967, during Operation Shenandoah II, Major Holleder was serving as Brigade Operations Officer while accompanying his Brigade Commander in the aerial supervision of ground elements. At approximately 1100 hours, the 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, became heavily engaged with elements of two Viet Cong battalions. The fire of the well positioned enemy caused a loss of key personnel, thereby reducing the effectiveness of the friendly unit. The Brigade Commander elected to command the embattled battalion from the ground and landed his helicopter. They then moved forward to reestablish effective command and control of the unit. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Major Holleder braved the vicious enemy fire to move through the ranks of the fighting and wounded soldiers, offering them words of encouragement and helping to establish orderly evacuation for the casualties. When the intense sniper fire impeded the evacuation of the wounded, Major Holleder unhesitatingly moved forward to reconnoiter the evacuation route. He refused to take seek cover from the deadly volleys of insurgent sniper fire and continued to assess the enemy situation until he was mortally wounded by the heavy ground fire. His tremendous courage and poise in the face of overwhelming odds had a stabilizing effect on his men and was instrumental in saving many lives. Major Holleder's unquestionable valor in close combat against numerically superior hostile forces, was in keeping with the finest traditions of the Military Service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

Action Date: October 17, 1967

Service: Army

Rank: Major

Company: Headquarters Company

Regiment: 1st Brigade

Division: 1st Infantry Division

Soldier's Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major (Infantry) Donald Walter Holleder (ASN: 0-73723), United States Army, was awarded the Soldier's Medal (Posthumously) for heroism at the risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy while serving with the 1st Infantry Division in the Republic of Vietnam.

Service: Army

Rank: Major

Company: Headquarters Company

Regiment: 1st Brigade

Division: 1st Infantry Division