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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. Holcomb's company assault had landed by helicopter and deployed into a hasty defensive position to organize for a  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1946-06-11
Place of birth
Baker City

Death

Date of death
1968-12-03
Place of death
South Vietnam

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