Memorial Service For Pearl Harbor Survivor Jack Holder

Jack Holder photo
April 11, 2023

PHOENIX – On behalf of Darlene Tyron, executor of the Joseph “Jack” Norman Holder estate, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) announces a public memorial service for celebrated Pearl Harbor Survivor and WWII Veteran, Jack Holder.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, April 14th, at 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Church in Chandler located at 1595 S. Alma School Rd.

Jack was born in Gunter, Texas in 1921 to WWI Veteran John and Margaret Holder. In April 1940, Jack was 18-years-old when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Following boot camp and Aviation Machinist School, Jack was transferred to Pearl Harbor Hawaii as a member of the Patrol Bomber Y Squadron. On December 7th, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Jack was on duty at Ford Island. Following the attack, Jack flew in over 100 Navy missions in WWII including: the Battle of Midway, Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay.
In 1948, Jack was honorably discharged, but not before earning many military distinctions which include: Distinguished Flying Cross with one bronze star, Air Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal and much more.

After the military, Jack spent over 25 years on corporate and commercial aircraft from mechanic to becoming a pilot.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Carleta Holder. He will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia with full military honors at a later date.
Doors to the church will open at noon and memorabilia honoring Jack’s legacy will be on display.  

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