Great pic.Do you know what number he wore? I might have a great color pic if it's him.
Sep 06, 2010
I thought the following about Don Holleder from "Fifty Years of College Football" by Bob Boyles and Paul Guido (p. 34) would be of interest to the readership:
It would become Holleder's sad fate to die a hero in combat in Vietnam on... October 17, 1967. He was later voted into the College Football Hall of Fame. In the 1980s, West Point dedicated its new athletic center (later expanded to be named the Kimsey Athletic Center) to Holleder, a hero who gave up his own personal glory for the betterment of the team. Today, when West Point footballers walk from their dresing room to the athletic center to the playing surface of Blaik Field at Michie Stadium, they go out of their way to touch a bronze plaque at the entrance. The message of the plaque expresses the supreme compliment to any breed of football player. It reads: "I want an officer for a secret and dangerous mission. I want a West Point football player." Those words were spoken by Gen. George C. Marshall, chief of staff for the United States Army, at a crucial period of World War II when he required an especially brave and gifted officer to train and lead a ranger-type battalion on a mission of grave secrecy. Twenty years later, Holleder would live that creed.View more Mar 05, 2011
In reference to the excerpt I shared from an article about Don Holleder [posted above], you can read the entire article at google books - see the web link to The USA Today College Football Encyclopedia 2009-2010.
Mar 05, 2011