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AGGIE GRIDIRON LEGENDS: JIM HOLDER

Posted Monday, May 31, 2010 by staff
PANEL 11E, ROW 015. That is where you will find former Aggie All American Jim Holder immortalized on the Vietnam Memorial. 1st Lieutenant James Edward Holder, 26 years old of Goodwell, Oklahoma, a member of "D" Company, 1st BN/7th Cavalry was killed in action in Vietnam on September 25, 1966 when the helicopter he was riding in was shot down. Holder's reserve unit had been called to action on July 23, 1966.

With his death, Holder added to the number of 987 Oklahomans killed in Vietnam. Only the state of West Virginia suffered more losses during that war than Oklahoma.

In 2001, Sport's Illustrated honored Bob Kalsu, former University of Oklahoma All American and professional player with the Buffalo Bills as having been the only active professional football player killed in Vietnam. Holder joins Kalsu as a fellow All American and Oklahoman to die in battle. Holder led the nation in rushing offense in 1963 with 1775 yards and was subsequently named All American for his efforts. The Aggies under the guidance of legendary coach Oscar Williams put together a 7-2-1 campaign during that season.
 
In conjuction with Memorial Day,, we must   pause and remember those who have fought and given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our values. Jim Holder is one of those great Americans. He was honored with induction into the Helms Foundation Athletic Hall of Fame, posthumously and in 2004 his name was etched into the spacecraft, Stardust, NASA's Comet Sample Return Mission in honor of his service to our country.
 

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