Warrior Wednesday: LT COL Donnie Ray Holland #NeverForgotten

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Donnie Ray Holland
Sep. 1, 1948 to Jan. 17, 1991

Insignia of Department of the United States Air Force.

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United States Air Force.

U. S. Air Force Lt. Col. Donnie Holland, 42, formerly of Bastrop, LA, died in the second day after the aerial attacks began in Iraq in January, 1991, as part of Operation Desert Storm. Holland, a pilot, was flying an F-15 Eagle and was reported missing in action on January 17, 1991, after successfully completing intensive bombing operations on the first day of the war.

“Chief Dimpled Balls” was on a mission attacking a heavily defended petroleum, oil and lubricant site near Basrah, Iraq. The AAA fire was very heavy and the aircraft crashed into the ground during the final attack run. No ejection was attempted. It is not clear if the aircraft downed because of the pilot’s maneuver trying to evade heavy enemy fire or because the aircraft was actually hit by enemy fire, but most probably the latter.

He was listed as missing in action until the end of the war when his remains were returned to US authorities.

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Insignia of Lieutenant Colonel

Insignia of Lieutenant Colonel

The protagonist of my WID (Work in Development) is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.