John Noble Holcomb Military Person

John noble holcomb

John Noble Holcomb (June 11, 1946 – December 3, 1968) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War. Holcomb joined the Army from Corvallis, Oregon, and by December 3, 1968 was serving as a Sergeant in Company D, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. During an enemy attack on that day, near Quan Loi in the Republic of Vietnam, Holcomb led his squad and later his platoon, after all other platoon leaders had been killed, in the defense of their position. Holcomb was mortally wounded during the battle and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his leadership. Holcomb, aged 22 at his death, was buried in Eagle Valley Cemetery, Richland, Oregon. Sergeant Holcomb's official Medal of Honor citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Holcomb distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader in Company D during a combat assault mission. Sgt.

Personal details

Date of birth
June 11th, 1946
United States of America
Date of death
December 3rd, 1968 at age of 22
Place of death
South Vietnam
Places lived
Oregon , United States of America
pop. 3,930,065 (2013)


1. Oregon State University Colleges/University

Oregon State University (OSU) is a coeducational, public research university located in Corvallis, Oregon, United States. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees and a multitude of research opportunities. There are more than 200 academic degree programs offered through the university. OSU's programs in microbiology, nuclear engineering, ecology, forestry, public health, biochemistry, zoology, oceanography, food science and pharmacy are recognized nationally as top tier programs. In recent years, OSU's liberal arts programs have also grown significantly. More than 200,000 people have attended OSU since its founding. The Carnegie Foundation classifies Oregon State University as a "very high research activity" university.

Institution info

Type Public university
2013. 477 mil. $
2012. 441 mil. $
2010. 372 mil. $
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104 Kerr Administration Building, 97331 - Corvallis, Oregon
2013. 23,161
2010. 19,557
2009. 18,073
2013. 4,179
2010. 4,196
2009. 3,618
Acceptance rate
2013. 67.7 %
2010. 81.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 8.54 K $
2011. 7.6 K $
2010. 7.12 K $
2009. 6.73 K $
2008. 6.19 K $
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Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
United States Army

Military conflicts participated

Vietnam War


November 1st, 1955


April 30th, 1975

Wikipedia article

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and also known in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a Cold War-era proxy war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam—supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies—and the government of South Vietnam—supported by the United States and other anti-communist allies. The Viet Cong, a South Vietnamese communist common front aided by the North, fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region. The People's Army of Vietnam engaged in a more conventional war, at times committing large units to battle. As the war wore on, the part of the Viet Cong in the fighting decreased as the role of the NVA grew. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search and destroy operations, involving ground forces, artillery, and airstrikes.


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