FREDERICK Y HOLJES

FREDERICK Y HOLJES - 2LT

  • HOMETOWN:
  • lebanon
  • COUNTY:
  • Hunterdon
  • DATE OF BIRTH:
  • February 10, 1945
  • DATE OF CASUALTY:
  • March 22, 1968
  • BRANCH OF SERVICE:
  • Army
  • RANK:
  • 2LT
  • STATUS:
  • KIA
  • COUNTRY:
  • South Vietnam

Biography


Frederick Y. Holjes was born on February 10, 1945.  His home of record is Lebanon, NJ.  He was a 1963 graduate of North Hunterdon Regional High School where he enjoyed, and participated in, civil and revolutionary war reenactments, played his grandfather's banjo and collected antique rifles.  He received a full scholarship to the Citadel, a military school in Charleston, SC, where he was an outstanding student. 

Holjes served in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant (2LT).  He was a 23-year old Ranger with the 101st Army Airborne Division.  He was wounded by sniper fire on February 19, 1968, and hospitalized in Japan.  He was given the chance to go home, but chose to return to his troops.

On March 22, 1968, Holjes was scouting the area when he was shot in the head and died instantly.  This was just two days after being reactivated.

Holjes was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

Sources: Jane Holjes Sevi (sister) and NJVVMF.

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