John Robertson

Staff member
Eric Scott
  • UNIT
4 Raider Bn (Company Q)
  • RANK
First Lieutenant
Distinguished Service Cross
New Georgia 1943
born 06.06.1920, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
father Eric Oscar Holmgrain (1891-1955)
mother Hazel Jeanette (nee McKeag) Holmgrain (1891-1982)
served Korea and Vietnam
1969 retired military
resided Morocco, Kenya
died 25.12.1976 (Aged 56) Sheffield, Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA. Section 66, Grave 520


Distinguished Service Cross : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant Eric S. Holmgrain, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy as a member of Company Q, FOURTH Marine Raider Battalion in action against the enemy Japanese forces at Viru Village, Vangunu, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 1 July 1943. Ignoring the dangers of exposing himself to enemy fire, Lieutenant Holmgrain went to the aid of a wounded gunnery sergeant who was lying in the direct line of enemy machine-gun fire. He not only removed the man to a position of safety but he stopped long enough during the process to wipe out the enemy machine-gun nest. The outstanding heroism and skill displayed by First Lieutenant Holmgrain on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.


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Eric S. Holmgrain

Does anybody have any info on my cousin ? I was young when Scotty died in 1976 and remember 3 generals at his funeral. I know he was one of the first in Viet Nam retiring as a full Colonel. Some of the tidbits I vagely recall makes me think he was in special ops ? or something similar. Any information would be helpfull