Robert F. “Bob” Holden grew up in Columbia graduating from Columbia High School in 1963. He is the only person from Columbia who was killed in action in Viet Nam.
Here’s some more on Bob. I’ll start in High School. He was quite an athlete lettering all four years in both basketball and baseball. Here’s a pic of him in uniform:
And during our HonorQue, held on November 4th & 5th 2022 at the American Legion in Columbia, a bench was dedicated to the memory of Bob Holden. It is placed along the walking trail that was the old GM&O Railroad tracks. They placed it by the ball diamonds. Which seems fitting as Bob was an athlete in high school playing basketball and baseball.
Here are some photos. First is the trail itself with the bench on the right.
May he rest in peace.