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William Mack Holt

Date of birth: September 9, 1917
Date of death: MIA: August 8, 1942
Burial location: Manila, Philippine Islands
Place of Birth: Montana, Great Falls
Home of record: Great Falls Montana
Status: KIA


Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade William Mack Holt, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIVE (VF-5), attached to the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), in action against enemy Japanese forces while deployed over Guadalcanal and Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942. Sighting a group of about 27 enemy bombers with escort, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Holt led his two-plane section through the enemy fighters, downing several, and helped to turn back the bombers, continuing his relentless attacks until his own aircraft was shot down. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: August 7, 1942

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Company: Fighting Squadron 5 (VF-5)

Division: U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-3)