HOLDEN, ELMER LARRY
Remains recovered 09/2003 - see note below
Name: Elmer Larry Holden
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/E5
Unit: 37 AERO R&R SQ
Date of Birth: 19 February 1944
Home City of Record: OKLAHOMA CITY OK
Date of Loss: 09 June 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162144 North  1070534 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: HU3E
Missions:
Refno: 1206
Other Personnel in Incident: James Locker, Jack Rittichtier, Richard
Yeend, all KIA/BNR
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. Updated 2003.
REMARKS: RADIO CONTACT LOST OVER WATER SAR NEG
Border Laos, Thua Thien 22 miles NW of A Shau
CACCF/CRASH/AIRCREW/6 YRS United States Air Force/QUANG TRI
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nov14.98
Air Force Looks for Missing Copter
The Associated Press 
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AP) -- The Air Force is hoping flight simulations can
help solve the disappearance 30 years ago of a rescue helicopter in Vietnam. 
The project may lead to similar efforts to find other aircraft that vanished
during the Vietnam War, former flight engineer Bob Baldwin said Wednesday as
the nation marked Veterans Day. ...
 
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Coast Guard pilot's body recovered from Laos
Molly Kavanaugh; Plain Dealer Reporter
In the months following the June 9, 1968, helicopter crash in the jungles of
Laos, Carol Rittichier held onto hope her husband was still alive.
The two met at Kent State University and within two months became engaged.
After 11 years of marriage, they told people they were still on their
honeymoon....
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The US Government has found Jolly Green 23 and recovered the remains of Lt
Rittichier, USCG, Capt Yeend, USAF, SSgt Holden, USAF,  and Sgt Locker,
USAF.
LT Rittichier will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on 6 Oct at
1300.  The funeral service will be held at the Old Post Chapel, FT Myer, VA.
The funeral is open to the public.  However, I need to know who is coming so
I can plan for the reception.
Can you spread this word to your POW-MIA Community?  If anyone wants to
attend the funeral could they please contact me at 202-267-4009 or E-mail at
jbrewster@comdt.uscg.mil
Thank you
VR
LCDR James Brewster, USCGR
202-267-4009 (v)
202-267-4823 (f)
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The State (Columbia, SC)
Thursday, October 9, 2003
Vietnam War casualty to be buried Saturday
By CHUCK CRUMBO
Air Force Staff Sgt. Elmer "Larry" Holden will be buried Saturday, 35 years
after he died in the Vietnam War. Holden, a flight engineer assigned to the
37th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Da Nang, Vietnam, died with three
other crewmen when his helicopter was shot down while searching for a
missing U.S. pilot near Hue......