City of Cal­houn hon­ors WWII vet­eran with Key to the City at re­cent meet­ing

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Brandi Owczarz

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.

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