Holstun, James Drayton, III, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
2260-Personnel Staff Officer (G1 S1)
Last MOS Group
Adjutant General (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 2260, 101st Airborne Division
Service Years
1942 - 1944


First Lieutenant

One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1944
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Normandy, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot-Row-Grave: E-21-20

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
D-Day FallenWorld War II Fallen
  1944, D-Day Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Basic Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) 101st Airborne Division
  1942-1944, 2260, RHHC, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) 101st Airborne Division
  1943-1944, 2260, 101st Airborne Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
 Colleges Attended 
Louisiana Tech UniversityTulane University
  1933-1935, Louisiana Tech University
  1936-1940, Tulane University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Jim Holstun served as the S-1 officer with Hq. Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.  He was killed in Caen, France, the first day of the Normandy Invasion, 6 June 1944, with many of his unit. (Note: Battalion commander Lt.Col. Wolverton and  the Executive Officer Major George Grant were also killed at this time)

He was interred in the Normandy American Cemetery, Basse-Normandie, France.
Lt. Holstun was interred in France.  A Memorial Marker was placed for him in Gibsland Cemetery, Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
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