Robert Edwin Holton

United States Air Force
08 April 1941 - 09 January 1974
Butte, Montana
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USAF Pilot

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Robert Edwin Holton

13 Nov 2001


by one who wore his MIA bracelet,
Dean R. Harms
30 Oct 2003

I also wore the bracelet of Captain Robert Holton.

I was given the bracelet by my uncle who also served in Vietnam.

I have always wanted the family to know that I have thought of him often, and still do to this day, he may have been lost but not forgotten.

I will always think of him with warmth in my heart.

20 Oct 2004

I also wear the bracelet of this brave man and have worn it since 1969.

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28 May 2007

I too, have remembered Captain Holton since I recieved my bracelet in high school. He has always had a place in my heart.

Susan Gilmartin Long

08 Aug 2007

I have worn Captain Holton's bracelet since 1989 and I just wanted to say thanks to his family. It is humbling to realize that they themselves have served every day since 29 Jan 69 -- nearly 40 years! Thank you for your service, your dedication, and your sacrifice. May God bless you.

Major Paul Kanning
United States Air Force
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Notes from The Virtual Wall

On 29 January 1969, Major William E. Campbell and Captain Robert E. Holton in F-4D 66-7474 were part of a flight of Phantoms prosecuting a truck convoy in the vicinity of Ban Xam Tai near the Mu Gia Pass area of Laos. The Mu Gia Pass was one of several passageways through the mountainous border of Vietnam and Laos leading to the "Ho Chi Minh Trail".

The anti-aircraft sites in the area, which had brought down another Phantom the day before (F-4D 66-8690, 435th TFS), were active and Holton's aircraft was hit by 37mm AAA fire. Although no ejections were observed and SAR efforts failed to locate either man, the possibility existed that they both survived to be captured and they were classed as Missing in Action.

However, Holton did not return with the US POWs in February 1973, and on 09 January 1974 the Secretary of the Air Force approved a Presumptive Finding of Death, changing his status to Died while Missing/Body not Recovered. His remains have not been repatriated.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who wears his MIA bracelet,
Dean R. Harms

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 13 Nov 2001
Last updated 11/24/2007