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Willard W. Holderby


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Family Information:

Wife - LaDanta, Marjorie; Children: Kay, Jackie, Stephen


Byron, OK

Date Entered Service:

June 20, 1941

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Location of Unit:

Kharagpur, India

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Distinguished Flying Cross, 3 Air Medals; Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon

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Flight crew

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Date Discharged from the 58th:

September 18, 1945

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Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

After completing his military service, Holderby returned to Amorita where he coached high school basketball and served as Superintendent. He started in the car business in Cherokee in 1954, and when the original Ford building burned in 1962, he built a new Holderby Ford dealership in 1967 and continued selling automobiles until 1990. In 1975, he purchased the John Deere dealership and constructed a new building in 1978 for Holderby Farm Equipment, which he operated until March, 1999. He and his son, Stephen, farmed his lands in northern Alfalfa County, raising wheat, alfalfa and cattle.

Mr. Holderby served on the Cherokee Board of Education and the Board of Cherokee Industries, Inc., and was President of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Oklahoma Cattleman's Association, the Lion's Club and Farm Bureau. He was named "Cherokee Citizen of the Year" for 1994-1995. He was also a member of the First Christian Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner.


Mr. Holderby passed away May 23, 2008 and is buried at the Byron-Amorita Cemetery in Amorita, OK.


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