Holmes, Billy Ray, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11B10, C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry
Service Years
1967 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Order of the Spur


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jul 03, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Massey Cemetery - Arnett, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
53W 001

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of The Spur

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor3/4 Cav Association
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1968, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  1968, 3/4 Cav Association [Verified]

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Tributes from Others posted by IN Olsen, David O, SGT 548
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  Tributes from Others: Jul 4, 2015  

ria 3rdgrade
9634 belair road baltimore md 21236 usa
thank you
I am so proud of you fighting for my country and for others. I know Mrs.A send some one a note.
May 20, 2009
manny g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!

Jul 3, 2007
Joe Cantrell
You entered my life at a very early age, I was just 13 when our small town got the sad news of you leaving this earth. I lived in Arnett, your home town, I didn't know you, but I was in the same boy scout troop that you had been in years earlier. I sat there in church and listened at how brave you were, and how you had given your life for our country. At that moment in time so many years ago, I decided to join the military. I will never forget that day you came home, the church service, and us boys wearing our boy scout uniforms with so much pride. You will always be remembered by me. Thank you for your sacrifice.
Thursday, August 16, 2001
Denis McDonough
Fellow Bobcat 1/5 Mech

Billy,I just wanted you to know, you are not forgotten. You are loved and missed. My prayers to you and your family. If anyone knows this brave soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Would you please contact Randy@Bobcat.WS so we can honor Billy by having his picture placed on his former unit the 1/5 Mech website memorial page and on the Wall.
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Photo was courtesy of Rita Turner
Monday, March 20, 2006
Denis McDonough
Fellow Bobcat
Arnett Bridge To Be Dedicated Billy Ray Holmes, Vietnam War hero, will have a bridge on Route 13 in Arnett dedicated in his honor. Delegate Ron Thompson from Raleigh County said, We are fortunate as the legislators who represent Sergeant Holmes family, to have the privilege to honor him. He made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this country to promote democracy across our world and we are especially grateful to be dedicating a bridge in his hometown of Arnett. The scripture says a greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his brother, and we humbly look forward to honoring this fallen hero in the very near future with this bridge naming. Billy Ray Holmes was born in Charleston, W. Va. but lived the majority of his life in Arnett, Raleigh County. He graduated from Marsh Fork High School in 1966. In 1967, he joined the United States Army and began a tour of duty in Vietnam in June. On July 3, 1968, Sergeant Billy Ray Holmes was killed in action in Tay Ninh, Vietnam. In recognition of his distinguished and outstanding meritorious service in connection with operations against hostile forces, Sergeant Holmes was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Order of the Purple Heart Medal.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
We Remember
Billy is buried at Massey Br Cemetery, Arnett, Raleigh Co, WV. PH
Posted by: Robert Sage
Email: rsage@austin.rr.com

Friday, December 17, 2010
Not forgotten
Billy, Although we never met, I just want you to know that you are not forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for what you believed in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you for protecting the freedoms we have today
Posted by: Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67

Relationship: Fellow vet
Sunday, July 3, 200
35 years ago today
Billy Ray had turned 20years old 21 days earlier. West Virginia is a tough and beautiful country. Hope he rests in the shade a big oak tree.
Posted by: Clark0429
Relationship: Other:
Thursday, July 3, 2003

IN Olsen, David O, SGT 548
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Jul 4, 2015
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