Introduction Here’s James Holstine, one of the 2nd Platoon’s most popular and most reliable soldiers. James took his responsibilities seriously and he was rewarded with a promotion to “Buck Sergeant” during training at Fort Riley. Though James was serious about soldiering, he had an incredible dry sense of humor …….he always hasseled someone, but no one was ever angered or held a grudge. I can remember him always saying……hey Jim, do you know what you’re doing there? He called you Jim whether your name was Jim or not. He was just so cool. James was one of the fortunate 13 troopers to make it through the entire Tour of Duty (January 1967 to January 1968) with the 2nd Platoon.
Very recently, it became known to all of the former Charlie Company troopers, who are still in contact with each other, that James had contracted cancer and passed away in 1992. James tragically died at the early age of 46. This dreadful news came as a huge blow to all of us who knew him as a Brother in Arms. Our hearts go out to his entire family, his friends and those who loved him. James will always be known as a solid soldier at a dangerous time in our history. He was such a special person and he will always be missed by us but he will never be forgotten. Bill Reynolds