With full military honors, Master Sgt. James W. Holt of Hope, who was missing and presumed killed in action in the Vietnam Conflict, was laid to rest Thursday morning at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
The flag-draped casket was carried on a caisson and escorted by Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard.) The solemn procession moved past the neat rows of white headstones before stopping a burial site on a grassy hill overlooking the nation’s capital.
Holt, 26, was assigned to Company C, 5th Special Forces Group. He was last seen February 7, 1968, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam.
He was reported as missing in action following the battle. A military review board later amended his status to presumed killed in action. His remains were recently identified and returned to his family for burial.
The tribute to Holt included a colors team, the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and a firing party that shot off three rifle volleys.
Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Lewis presented flags to Holt’s former wife Linda Winslow, and daughters Rebecca Holt and Jessica Holt. Chaplin (Capt.) John Scott presided over the funeral.
Here are images from that service:
Thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest…