Johnny Samuel Holt

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
18 January 1948 - 22 January 1969
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Johnny Samuel Holt

19 Mar 2008

I joined the Marines in January,1968 and went to Parris Island. I was in platoon 304,along with over 80 recruits. The Marine training was a eye-opener to say the least. One night, our last week on the island, the D.I. called a "SCHOOL CIRCLE". We all gathered up the front of the squad bay to listen to a lecture. This lecture was different from the ones we usually hear. He said I want all you to look around and remember the faces of your fellow Marines, because some of you are not going to make it home from Vietnam. With all my training this was a slap of reality I never thought about. After the war I looked up the names of my fellow Marines and found five who died for their country.

This is a memorial for Johnny S Holt who was killed in action on October 12,1968. SEMPER FI, brother, you are not forgotten.

If anyone knows his unit or the circumstances of his death please let me know.

L/Cpl Ed Kirby
3rd 155mm Gun Btry (SP)
Vietnam 68-69

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 22 Jan 1969 an engineer team from C Company, 1st Engineer Battalion was conducting mine sweeping operations along Highway 540 about 8 kilometers south-southwest of Danang. H&S Company, 1/7 Marines provided the engineers with an infantry security force. An ambush on the sweep team developed into a short but vicious firefight which resulted in the deaths of five Marines and one Navy Corpsman:
  • C Co, 1st Eng Bn
    • Cpl John F. Weaver, Kansas City, MO
    • LCpl Johnny S. Holt, Charlotte, NC
    • LCpl Kenneth W. Mokuau, Wenonah, NJ

  • H&S Co, 1st Bn, 7th Marines

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a brother Marine,
Ed Kirby

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 19 Mar 2008
Last updated 03/27/2008