Holmes, William Christopher, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
4745-Light Machine Gunner or Crewman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 4745, Tank Company, 32nd Infantry
Service Years
1950 - 1951


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Smyth County
Last Address
Smyth County

Casualty Date
Sep 21, 1951
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 6

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1995, Korean War Fallen6
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
32nd Infantry 7th Infantry Division
  1950-1951, 4745, Tank Company, 32nd Infantry
  1950-1951, 4745, 7th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt. William C. Holmes, 21, of Smyth County, Virginia, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for July 24, 2019.

In 1951, Holmes was a member of Heavy Tank Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. On September 21, 1951, his unit participated in a patrol located near the Iron Triangle, North Korea. After a prolonged firefight, Holmes was killed in action. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

On November 1, 1951, an unidentified set of remains, designated X-2162, were turned over to the 19th Infantry Regiment’s collection point. The remains could not be identified and were subsequently buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

In 2018, DPAA disinterred X-2162 and accessioned the remains to the laboratory.

To identify Holmes’ remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Today, 7,607 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by American recovery teams, or disinterred from unknown graves. Holmes’ name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Holmes will be buried Nov. 23, 2019, in Middleway, West Virginia.

Source: DPAA

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