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Gary Holler Vietnam War Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2016-093

Content Description

The collection consists of various materials relating to the military service of Gary Lee Holler during the Vietnam War. The collection contains some correspondence, news clippings, certificates, numerous photographs and 35mm slides, as well as six reels of 8mm color film footage, mainly concerning his military service at Cam Rahn Bay (Vietnam). Gary Holler was born December 19, 1944 to Gus and Opal (Gjerde) Holler at Bristol. He was raised in the Pierpont area graduating from Pierpont High School in 1964. He was drafted into the US Army in August of 1965 and serving in active duty during the Vietnam War. He completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Holler was stationed at Cam Rahn Bay (Vietnam) with the 174th Ordnance Detachment. He arrived in Vietnam in March of 1966. He was honorably discharged from military service in August of 1971. The photographs, slides and 8mm films show various images of soldiers, equipment and life for those stationed at Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam. Cam Rahn Bay was a major military seaport used by the United States for the offloading of supplies, military equipment and as a major naval base during the Vietnam War. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force units all had compounds and units assigned to the Cam Ranh Bay facility from its opening in 1965. Other items include news clippings concerning Specialist Holler and information on Cam Ranh Bay, a postcard booklet of images of Vietnam, draft board and induction letters, a certificate of honorable discharge from August of 1971, a certificate of retirement from the United States Army from 2004, a certificate honoring the memory of Mr. Holler signed by President Barack Obama and correspondence from U.S. Senator George McGovern in 1967 concerning an early discharge for Mr. Holler to help work on the family farm near Pierpont. The collection also includes 24 color photographs of the South Dakota National Guard, 200th Engineer Company while they were stationed in South Korea in 1988. The majority of the images are scenes in South Korea, with only a handful of images showing the South Dakota National Guard unit. Mr. Holler served in the South Dakota National Guard for 22 years.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • 1965-1971
  • 1988
  • 2004


0.25 Cubic Feet