Holcomb, Rebel Lee, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 11B20, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Service Years
1944 - 1965



Two Service Stripes

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wichita, KS
Last Address
Wichita, KS

Casualty Date
Nov 08, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Riley Post Cemetery - Fort Riley, Kansas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 033 / E 69

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Tributes from Members  
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 3rd Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
23rd Infantry Regiment2nd Infantry Division 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade
  1952-1952, 1745, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment/A Company
  1952-1952, 1542, 2nd Infantry Division
  1965-1965, 11B20, B Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1965-1965, 11B20, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 07, 2018, General Photos8
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Prior Enlisted SFC 1944-1947 and ETS. Recalled in 1951 for Korea. Then a Battlefield Commission(1952-1963) eventually to Capt, then ETS in 1963. Back to Enlisted Sgt E-5 when he reenlisted in 1965. He would retired at his highest Rank(Capt).
Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant First Class Rebel L. Holcomb, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Sergeant First Class Holcomb distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Chorwon, Korea, on the morning of 31 July 1952. On that date, the company of which Sergeant Holcomb was a member was preparing to launch an attack on an enemy-held hill when intense artillery, mortar, and small-arms fire pinned it down in an untenable position. Realizing that the company would suffer many casualties if it remained exposed to the merciless hostile fire, Sergeant Holcomb moved forward in a one-man charge up the slope of the hill. Advancing through a deadly fusillade, he inflicted heavy casualties on the foe with rifle fire and accurately-thrown grenades. When he had moved to within ten yards of the enemy's mail line of resistance, he saw that the hostile troops were so deeply entrenched that grenades and small-arms fire would not be able to dislodge them. Moving back down the hill, he rejoined his comrades and obtained a flame thrower, Then advancing once more into the face of enemy fire, he again climbed to the crest of the hill. Moving methodically from bunker to bunker, he directed a searing flame on the enemy troops within, effectively ending their resistance. As a result of his courageous action, the friendly company was able to sweep forward and secure the hill.

General Orders: Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 689 (November 10,1952)
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