At the Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 meeting of the Calhoun City Council, Mr. Donald Columbus Holsomback, 96, was presented with a proclamation and Key to the City of Calhoun, honoring him for his service to the United States of America during World War II.
Holsomback’s friend, Don Bible, petitioned the Council to honor Holsomback. In a letter, he said, “I believe he should be recognized more for the service he has given to our country...he is now 96 years old, not sure but he just might be the oldest living invader of D-day on Utah beach.”
Private First Class Holsomback was drafted on Dec. 13, 1942. The son of Robert and Hattie Mae Holsomback, he served until he was awarded an honorable discharge on Dec. 28, 1945.
He served in Battery C 242 Field Artillery Battalion and was instrumental saw action in the Allied Invasion of France on June 6, 1944 at Utah beach as a gun crewman light artillery. He was awarded the American Theater Service Ribbon, EAMET Central Service Medal, World War 2 Victory Medal and Purple Heart.
Mr. Holsomback now resides at Gordon Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Home. He is a member of the American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
Pictured with Mr. Holsomback are his family, Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer and council members Matt Barton, Al Edwards, Jackie Palazzolo and David Hammond.