ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, May 14, 2015) --With full military honors, Master Sgt. James W. Holt, who was missing and presumed killed in action during the Vietnam War, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, May 14.
The flag-draped casket was carried on a caisson and escorted by Soldiers, from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). The solemn procession moved past the neat rows of white headstones before stopping at the burial site on a grassy hill overlooking the nation's capital.
Holt, 26, was assigned to Company C, 5th Special Forces Group. He was last seen, Feb. 7, 1968, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam.
He was reported as missing in action following the battle. A military review board later amended his status to presumed killed in action. His remains were recently identified and returned to his family for burial.
The tribute to Holt included a colors team, the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," and a firing party, which shot off three rifle volleys.
Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Lewis presented flags to Holt's former wife, Linda Winslow, and daughters, Rebecca Holt and Jessica Holt. Chaplain (Capt.) John Scott presided over the funeral.
Holt, who was from Hope, Arkansas, was laid to rest in Section 57.
Vietnam turned over remains believed to be those of a U.S. Service member, June 21, 1989. Due to the technology at that time, the remains could not be identified.
Scientists, from the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, including two forms of DNA analysis, in the identification of Holt's remains.
According to the Department of Defense, 1,627 U.S. Service members remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.