Branch: U.S Army
Born: October 18, 1926
Interview Date: December 19, 2009
Interviewed By: Tom Bienemann
01:52 Growing up in Windsor Locks, CT. Athletic background. Father employed in paper mill during Depression.
5:30 War breaks out. Volunteers in high school as an airport spotter. Blackouts.
7:00 Drafted by US Army in 1945. Reports to Camp Gordon, GA. Boot camp experience.
11:45 First time firing a rifle. Life at Camp White. Watching paratroopers.
13:00 Heading to San Francisco. Truman drops the bombs. Onboard a transport to Hawaii. War ends but Holmes heads to the Philippines and onto Japan.
17:50 weather forces destination to Okinawa. Life on Okinawa. Storm hits Okinawa.
19:30 Transferred to South Korea. Short life as an MP
25:20 Assignments in Korea. Desk work. A buddy runs a currency scam. Getting sick.
31:30 Helping the OSS track down communists in the US Army. Shown battle plans for the invasion of Japan. Honeydew Wagons.
40:45 The trip back to the US and home. The ceremonial Japanese sword.
44:50 Still active in military organizations. Hosts a local community cable TV show. Trinity College on the GI Bill. Career as a teacher and coach.