Holder, Randolph Mitchell, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1940-1942, 131X, VT-6 Shooters
Service Years
1939 - 1942
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Jackson, MS
Last Address
1205 Lyncrest St
Jackson, MS

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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On the morning of 4 Jun 1942 aircraft of the USS Enterprise's (CV-6) air group launched to attack the Japanese carrier striking force that was approaching the Midway atoll. Without combat air protection, Torpedo Squadron Six (VT-6) had to thread their way through a gauntlet of swarming enemy fighters and a hail of anti-aircraft fire. Of the fourteen torpedo planes that took off from the Enterprise that morning only four survived the attack. Ltjg Randolph Mitchell Holder and ARM3 Gregory Joseph Durawa did not return from this mission, and they were listed as missing in action. Their remains were unrecoverable. On 5 Jun 1943 they were presumed dead.

Service numbers:  Enlisted - 4072799   Officer - 083112

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Battalion: Torpedo Squadron 6 (VT-6)
Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Randolph Mitchell Holder (NSN: 0-83112), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron SIX (VT-6), attached to the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Participating in a vigorous and intensive assault against the Japanese invasion fleet, Ensign Holder pressed home his attack with relentless determination in the face of a terrific barrage of anti-aircraft fire. The unprecedented conditions under which his squadron launched its offensive were so exceptional that it is highly improbably the occasion may ever recur where other pilots of the service will be called upon to demonstrate an equal degree of gallantry and fortitude. His extreme disregard of personal safety contributed materially to the success of our forces and his loyal conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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 Duty Stations
Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVT-6 ShootersUSS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1939-1939, S2c-0000, NARTU MCAS Miami, FL
  1939-1940, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1940-1942, 131X, VT-6 Shooters
  1940-1942, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
 Colleges Attended 
Mississippi State University
  1935-1939, Mississippi State University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 10, 1940, Commissioned as Ensign
  May 28, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jan 18, 1944, USS Holder (DE-401) commissioned
  May 18, 1946, USS Holder (DD-819) commissioned
  Jun 05, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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