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Elmer Larry Holden, SSgt., USAF (KIA)February 19, 1944 – June 09, 1968
Remains recovered 09/2003 – see note below
Name: Elmer Larry HoldenBranch/Rank: United States Air Force/E5Unit: 37 AERO R&R SQDate of Birth: 19 February 1944Home City of Record: OKLAHOMA CITY OKDate of Loss: 09 June 1968Country of Loss: South VietnamLoss Coordinates: 162144 North 1070534 EastStatus (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not RecoveredCategory: 3Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: HU3EMissions:Refno: 1206Other Personnel in Incident: James Locker, Jack Rittichtier, RichardYeend, all KIA/BNR
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: rawdata from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIAfamilies, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined ActionCombat Casualty File. Updated 2020.
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Border Laos, Thua Thien 22 miles NW of A Shau
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Air Force Looks for Missing CopterThe Associated Press
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AP) — The Air Force is hoping flight simulations canhelp solve the disappearance 30 years ago of a rescue helicopter in Vietnam.
The project may lead to similar efforts to find other aircraft that vanishedduring the Vietnam War, former flight engineer Bob Baldwin said Wednesday as the nation marked Veterans Day. …
Coast Guard pilot’s body recovered from LaosMolly Kavanaugh; Plain Dealer Reporter
In the months following the June 9, 1968, helicopter crash in the jungles ofLaos, Carol Rittichier held onto hope her husband was still alive.
The two met at Kent State University and within two months became engaged. After 11 years of marriage, they told people they were still on theirhoneymoon….
The US Government has found Jolly Green 23 and recovered the remains of Lt Rittichier, USCG, Capt Yeend, USAF, SSgt Holden, USAF, and Sgt Locker,USAF.
LT Rittichier will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on 6 Oct at1300. The funeral service will be held at the Old Post Chapel, FT Myer, VA.
The funeral is open to the public. However, I need to know who is coming so I can plan for the reception.
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The State (Columbia, SC)Thursday, October 9, 2003
Vietnam War casualty to be buried SaturdayBy CHUCK CRUMBO
Air Force Staff Sgt. Elmer “Larry” Holden will be buried Saturday, 35 yearsafter he died in the Vietnam War. Holden, a flight engineer assigned to the37th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Da Nang, Vietnam, died with threeother crewmen when his helicopter was shot down while searching for amissing U.S. pilot near Hue……
SSGT ELMER LARRY HOLDEN
On August 19, 2003, Joint Task Force–Full Accounting (JTF-FA, now DPAA) identified the remains of Staff Sergeant Elmer Larry Holden, missing from the Vietnam War.Staff Sergeant Holden entered the U.S. Air Force from Oklahoma and was a member of the 37th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron. On June 9, 1968, he was the flight engineer aboard an HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (tail number 67-14710, call sign “Jolly Green 23”) that took off from Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam, on a search and rescue mission for a downed A-4 pilot in Salavan Province, Laos. At the rescue site, the aircraft was struck by enemy fire, crashed and exploded; SSgt Holden was killed in the incident. An active enemy presence prevented searchers from recovering his remains at the time. Joint search teams eventually investigated the crash site and recovered human remains that U.S. analysts identified as those of SSgt Holden.Staff Sergeant Holden is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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