*HOLLAND, LAWRENCE THOMAS (MIA-KIA)
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Lawrence Thomas Holland (555441686), Major, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia while serving as Pilot of an F100D Supersabre of the 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron, in action in Southeast Asia, on 12 June 1965. On that date, Major Holland led a flight of F-100 aircraft against a heavily defended area which had been captured by the Viet Cong. He was directed to destroy automatic weapons positions and structures within the target area. Major Holland led his flight on one low level attack and destroyed a significant gun position. However, heavily concentrated automatic weapons fire from several other ground positions was reported. With complete disregard for his personal safety and despite the withering ground fire, Major Holland continued the attack and delivered his ordnance directly on target. His outstanding dedication to duty, superior initiative, and mission performance resulted in the destruction of numerous hostile ground positions of vital significance to the Viet Cong. Major Holland's courage and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the American fighting man. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, and in dedication of his service to his country, Major Holland reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Alhambra, California
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross, 4@ Air Medals, Purple Heart, Air Force Commendation Medal