A recent eBay photo grouping purchase has landed me with a fantastic identified and easily researchable photo of an 11th Airborne paratrooper. An often looked-over paratrooper group, the 11th served in the PTO and has been sadly back-burnerned due to the popularity of the 101st and 82nd Divisions who fought in the ETO and who have inspired such works as Band of Brothers and other films, books and video games.
This portrait photo was taken by M. Kimura in Yonezawa, Japan in late 1945. The sitter is John M. Holland, a Dallas, Texas WWII veteran who served with the 675th Glider Field Artillery in the Pacific Theater of Operation(PTO) during WWII. He was born on June 2nd, 1924 at 821 East Dallas Street in Dallas, TX. After the war he went on to play professional baseball for two years in the Texas Leagues until he injured his throwing arm in 1947. He next went to work in the Cotton Exchange Building in the cotton and textile industry.
And I was able to find an incredible account of his wartime experiences here: http://www.johnmorganholland.com/Military_John_M_Holland.html
I’m copying it here:
John writes of his Army record:
To see footage of the Los Banos POW camp on the day of it’s liberation please click the photo below:
And to hear an incredible interview with released POW’s from the camp click the photo below (they reference the paratroopers dropping in):
All of the information in this post has been acquired through the biographical website of John M. Holland:http://www.johnmorganholland.com/Military_John_M_Holland.html