Name: Arnold Edward Holm, Jr.
Rank/Branch: O3/US Army
Date of Birth: 05 March 1944 (New London CT)
Home City of Record: Waterford CT
Date of Loss: 11 June 1972
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162326N 1072407E (YD565135)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: OH6A
Refno: 1874

Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S.
Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families,
published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 2020.

Other Personnel In Incident: Wayne Bibbs; Robin R. Yeakley (missing from one
OH6A); James E. Hackett; James R. McQuade, Richard D. Wiley (missing from
second OH6A).


SYNOPSIS: By December 1971, U.S. troops in-country had declined dramatically
- from the 1968 peak of nearly 55,000 to less than 30,000. The enemy,
temporarily on the defensive by the moves into Cambodia in 1970 and Laos in
1971, began deploying new NVA forces southward in preparation for another
major offensive.

In March 1972, the Vietnamese launched a three-pronged invasion of the
South. One NVA force swept south across the DMZ, its goal apparently the
conquest of the northern provinces and the seizure of Hue. A second NVA
force drove from Laos into the Central Highlands, and a third effort
involved a drive from Cambodia into provinces northwest of Saigon.

Fierce fighting ensued on all three fronts, with NVA success the greatest in
the northern provinces. Fighting continued until by June, the North
Vietnamese began withdrawing from some of their advance positions, still
holding considerable amounts of South Vietnamese territory in the northern

On June 11, 1972, Capt. Arnold Holm, pilot, PFC Wayne Bibbs, gunner, and SP4
Robin Yeakley, passenger, were aboard an OH6A observation helicopter flying
from Camp Eagle to the Northern Provinces of South Vietnam on a visual
reconnaissance mission. The function of their "Loach" chopper was searching
out signs of the enemy around two landing zones (LZ's). The OH6 joined with
the AH1G Cobra gunship as "Pink Teams" to screen the deployment of air
cavalry troops. On this day, Holm's aircraft was monitoring an ARVN team

During the mission, Holm reported that he saw enemy living quarters,
bunkers, and numerous trails. On his second pass over a ridge, at about 25'
altitude, the aircraft exploded and burned. It was reported that before the
aircraft crashed that smoke and white phosphorous grenades began exploding.
After the aircraft impacted with the ground, it exploded again. Other
aircraft in the area received heavy anti-aircraft fire. No one was seen to
exit the downed helicopter, nor were emergency radio beepers detected.

In another OH6A (tail #67-16275), 1Lt. James R. McQuade, pilot, and SP4
James E. Hackett, gunner, tried to enter the area of the crashed OH6A, but
encountered heavy fire and their aircraft was also shot down. McQuade's
aircraft was hit, and the intensity of the resulting fire caused white
phosphorous and smoke grenades carried aboard the aircraft to explode prior
to hitting the ground. The aircraft continued to burn after impact and no
crewmen left the ship before or after the crash.

No ground search was made for survivors or remains of either aircraft
because of hostile fire in the area.

There are unanswered questions remaining from Vietnam. Of the nearly 2500
Americans who did not return alive or dead, experts venture that hundreds
may still be alive. Thousands of reports have been received concerning them.
Whether the two OH6A crews are among those seems unlikely. But one can
imagine their willingness to deploy on one more combat team to bring those
who are alive home to freedom.



Search for missing Waterford native to resume in Vietnam
Remains of Arnold Holm may be in different location

By Robert A. Hamilton
Published on 12/03/2002

A Pentagon team, armed with new information about the site where Waterford
native Arnold E. Holm Jr. was shot down over Vietnam in 1972, will search
for remains in a recovery effort next spring.....


Vietnam MIA honored
Family, friends and townspeople hear what's being done to find Arnold Holm.

Norwich Bulletin
5 April 2003

WATERFORD -- Bill Cavalieri stood at the fence looking out over the football
field, his face buried in his hands hiding the tears.

It was here some 40 years ago that he and his friend and classmate Arnold
Holm did battle on the gridiron as co-captains of the Waterford High School
Lancers football team....

Vietnam MIA pilot may be found after 30 years
April 6, 2003
Eyewitness News via www.wfsb.com

WATERFORD -- For nearly 31 years, a Waterford man has been struggling to
discover what happened to his best friend, missing in action in Vietnam.
Now, there is new hope in the search.

Arnie Holm has been missing in action since his plane went down in Vietnam
in June of 1972. ....

All content c Copyright 2001 - 2003 WorldNow and WFSB


Vietnam MIA honored
Family, friends and townspeople hear what's being done to find Arnold Holm.
Norwich Bulletin

WATERFORD -- Bill Cavalieri stood at the fence looking out over the football
field, his face buried in his hands hiding the tears.....

Originally published Saturday, April 5, 2003
Copyright c2003 Norwich Bulletin


New Clues To An MIA's Remains

Gear Found On Ridge In Vietnam Could Point Way To Pilot From State Who
Crashed In '72

Courant Staff Writer

July 25 2006

The remains of a Connecticut soldier may soon be coming home - from Vietnam.

More than 34 years after he rode his helicopter in an explosive plunge into
the Vietnam jungle, the wreckage from U.S. Army Capt. Arnold "Dusty" Holm's
fatal descent has been discovered.....

Contact Jesse Hamilton at jhamilton@courant.com.
Copyright 2006, Hartford Courant


Hartford Courant, The (CT) (KRT)
July 28, 2006

Lost Pilot's Saga Persists
Jesse Hamilton

Jul. 28--Knowing where U.S. Army Capt. Arnold "Dusty" Holm's remains can be
found isn't enough.....


JPAC Budget Shortfall Puts Holm Recovery on Hold 'til 2008

27 July, 2006
Search for remains of Waterford man MIA in Vietnam War hits snag


NORWICH - The search for the remains of Waterford native Arnold Holm hit yet
another snag today, stealing some of the joy that came with an announcement
earlier this week his helicopter crash site had finally been found after 34


After 35 Years, MIA Holm May Be Coming Home To Waterford
His Vietnam crash site is on list for excavation
By Jennifer Grogan    Published on 6/11/2007

Waterford — After 35 years, the U.S. government may finally live up to its promise of “no man left behind” to the Holm family.

Today is the 35th anniversary of the day that Waterford native Capt. Arnold E. Holm Jr. disappeared.

Excavation plans set in search for remains of Vietnam soldiers
Newsday, NY - 5 hours ago
WATERFORD, Conn. - The remains of a local Vietnam soldier missing in action
since 1972 along with two crewmates could be identified and returned to the
US ...
Search Set For Vet's Remains
Hartford Courant, United States - 15 hours ago
By JESSE A. HAMILTON | Washington Bureau Chief January 26, 2008 The
excavation for a Waterford veteran's remains in Vietnam has finally been scheduled, ...
Remains Found In Vietnam Could Be Waterford Pilot's

By JESSE A. HAMILTON | Washington Bureau Chief

August 6, 2008
WASHINGTON ­ - The remains of Capt. Arnold "Dusty" Holm, a Waterford Army pilot shot down in a Vietnam battle 36 years ago, might be among a handful of human bone fragments recovered in a U.S. military excavation recently completed near Hue City.

The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team found a scant handful of human bone fragments,....
Contact Jesse A. Hamilton at jhamilton@courant.com.
Remains of 3 missing Vietnam soldiers to be buried
May 27, 2011
WATERFORD, Conn.—The remains of three soldiers missing since their helicopter crashed in Vietnam in 1972 are expected to be buried together this fall at Arlington National Cemetery, the pilot's widow said Friday. ......


Soldiers Missing from Vietnam War Identified
11/07/2011 10:37 AM CST

November 07, 2011

Soldiers Missing from Vietnam War Identified

            The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of three servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

            Army Capt. Arnold E. Holm Jr. of Waterford, Conn.; Spc. Robin R. Yeakley of South Bend, Ind.; and Pfc. Wayne Bibbs of Chicago, will be buried as a group, in a single casket representing the entire crew, on Nov. 9, in Arlington National Cemetery.  On June 11, 1972, Holm was the pilot of an OH-6A Cayuse helicopter flying a reconnaissance mission in Thua Thien-Hue Province, South Vietnam.  Also on board were his observer, Yeakley, and his door gunner, Bibbs.  The aircraft made a second pass over a ridge, where enemy bunkers had been sighted, exploded and crashed, exploding again upon impact.  Crews of other U.S. aircraft, involved in the mission, reported receiving enemy ground fire as they overflew the crash site looking for survivors.

            Between 1993 and 2008, joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), interviewed witnesses, investigated, surveyed and excavated possible crash sites several times.  They recovered human remains, OH-6A helicopter wreckage and crew-related equipment including two identification tags bearing Yeakley's name.

            Scientists from the JPAC used forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence to identify the crew.

            Today more than 1,600 American remain un-accounted for from the Vietnam War.  More than 900 servicemen have been accounted for from that conflict, and returned to their families for burial with military honors since 1973.  The U.S. government continues to work closely with the governments of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to recover all Americans lost in the Vietnam War.

            For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703-699-1169.


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On March 23, 2011, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC, now DPAA) identified the remains of Captain Arnold Edward Holm Jr., missing from the Vietnam War.

Captain Holm joined the U.S. Army from Connecticut and was a member of Troop F, 8th Cavalry Regiment. On June 11, 1972, he was the pilot of an OH-6A Cayuse helicopter carrying two other crew on a reconnaissance mission in Thua Thien-Hue Provence, Vietnam. While passing over a ridge in the target area, the OH-6A crashed and exploded, killing all three occupants. Enemy presence in the area prevented immediate search and recovery efforts at the crash site. Between 1993 and 2008, joint U.S. and Vietnamese search teams conducted investigations that eventually led to the identification of the OH-6A's crash site and the recovery of remains there. In 2011, modern forensic techniques were able to identify CPT Holm's remains from among those found at the site.

Captain Holm is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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