Joseph Phillip Holland

Army of the United States
06 October 1942 - 01 February 1968
Naugatuck, Connecticut
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Joseph Phillip Holland

10 Nov 1999

I didn't know Captain Holland very well. I was an 18 year-old infantryman under his command in the company that he accompanied from Ft. Campbell to Vietnam.

I do know that he did his best to get us trained and conditioned for combat. At the time, I thought he was being awfully hard on us, but I soon realized why that was so.

I wish now that I had an opportunity to thank him for his concern for his men. At 25, he must have been as scared as I was. Maybe more. I'm twice as old now than he was when he was killed and I still don't know if I could have handled his job.


18 Aug 2002

God rest your soul, Joe.

Irony in life... My father, also an infantryman, served in the 502d Inf Reg't at Fort Campbell 4 years earlier than CPT Holland, and I was born almost 90 days to the day he died and yet I now feel that I'm carrying on for him.

I'm indeed humbled, for it's through sacrifices like his that we live in freedom today.

From a brother-in-arms,
Joseph C. Holland
Major, Armor
United States Army

16 Jul 2005

Joe and I were 2d Lieutenants together in the 2/38th Inf, 2nd Inf Division, in 1966 and stationed in Korea. He was my roommate during that time and we became good friends. In fact he was probably the first Yankee I ever called friend. We kept in touch periodically during the interim period between our assignments to Korea and RVN, but gradually lost contact. I remember how sad I was the day I saw his name on the casualty list in Army Times. It still saddens me. He was one of the good guys and is missed.

Charles W. Porter
LTC, US Army (Ret)

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Alpha Company, 1/502nd Infantry, lost four men on 01 Feb 1968 - the outset of the Tet Offensive:
  • CPT Joseph P. Holland, Naugatuck, CT
  • SGT James E. Hamilton, Adairsville, GA
  • PFC John T. Brown, New York, NY
  • PVT Larry E. Wittler, Petaluma, CA

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a platoon member,
Les Smith
10 Nov 1999

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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