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In Memory of Army First Lieutenant

Dennis Lee Holm

Rapid City, South Dakota, Pennington County

September 16, 1943 --May 22, 1967

Killed in Action in South Vietnam


Dennis Lee “Denny” Holm was born September 16, 1943, in Deadwood, South Dakota, to Theodore and Mary Holm. He had one brother, Theodore Jr., who joined the Air Force during the Korean War. Dennis attended Rapid City High School, where he played basketball and graduated Cum Laude; he was known for being “an excellent student and a fine school citizen.” Dennis then went to Creighton University where he “was the first undergraduate arts and science student ever to serve as president of the university student school board of governors.” Additionally, he served as sophomore class president and played basketball. Graduating in 1965, he had plans to eventually return to Creighton to attend law school. He married his wife, Margaret, and they had a daughter, Erin.

First Lieutenant Holm was stationed in Vietnam as part of the 524th Military Intelligence Detachment. While there he “volunteered to teach in a Chinese Catholic School because he felt the need was there and he wanted to work with young people.” In his final letter home he said, “I am learning more from them than they are from me.”

On May 22, 1967, First Lieutenant Dennis Holm was killed by “an unknown terrorist” while in his third session of teaching at the school in the Cholon District. His body was returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors at Black Hills National Cemetery. He was only 23 years old and left behind his wife and daughter, Erin, who was only a year old.

First Lieutenant Dennis Holm was awarded the Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with on Bronze Service Star; Meritorious Unit Commendation: Republic of Vietnam Armed Forced Honor Medal, First Class; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with "60" Device; and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm Device.

He is currently survived by his brother, Theodore J. Holm, Merritt Island, Florida; and his widow, Margaret Welch, his daughter, Erin and four grandsons: Simon Vazquez, Thomas Vazquez, Jacob Thaemlitz,  and Andrew Thaemlitz.

There is a memorial walk in his memory at his alma mater, Creighton University.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Ryan Christopher Hills, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on October 12, 2005. Information for this entry was from Rapid City Journal issues, May 24, 1967, and May 28, 1967. More information is from Profile approval by Theodore J. Holm, brother.

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