Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Lt. Col. Daniel E. Holland

43, of San Antonio, Texas.
Holland died in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on May 18, 2006.

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"To all family and friends of LTCOL Dan Holland, my deepest sympathy at the 15th year anniversary of his loss.
It was 24 years ago I had the honor and privilege of serving with Dan in Bosnia. I could not have done
anything without his help and guidance. And we laughed a lot. Glad I got to see him.

R/ Jerry Formisano, CDR USN (RET)"
Jerry Formisano of Kailua, Hawaii, USA

"So wish you were here to love on Arthur."
Mary of Brenham, TX

"Rachel was lovely, Garrrett was sweet,and Sheryl was amazing but you were so missed! Love you always."
Mary of Brenham, TX

"Never forgotten. Doesn't seem like 11 years."
Ski of San Antonio, Texas

"Happy Birthday Danny Boy............ love ya always, Mary"
Mary Ralya of Brenham, TX

"9 years.................. We miss you so much Dan."
Mary Ralya of Brenham, TX

"Still thinking about you Sir. I'll be stopping by to visit your grave site this week."
SFC Ski of San Antonio, Texas

"Happy Veterans Day Sir."
Albert Ramudo of Kalamazoo, MI

"Oh Daniel, I miss your grin and your drawl and would give anything to talk to you. Love you always,"
Claire of Denton, TX

"Oh Daniel, I miss your grin and your drawl and would give anything to talk to you. Love you always,"
Claire of Denton, TX

"Thinking of you and your family today"
Jeff Blair of Lyon, France

"He was a great man, and a great leader his lose was deeply felt within our Command. If only we could have replayed that day over and changed some things."
SSG Ron Clark (retired) of Covington Ky

"Been thinking of you sir, and your family this week. Your sacrifice and your legacy is not forgotten. 23 May 2014"
CW4 MJ Watterson of Ft. Hood, TX


"Uncle Dan, I still remember how much fun you were to have around. I can't believe the love and service you showed others and this country. I truly hope to God I can be half the man you were. I will never forget you. Please watch over us all, we love you and miss you so much."
Mark W. Holland of New Braunfels, Texas

"Thinking of you today Daniel, and honoring your memory. Thank you and your family for your service and your ultimate sacrifice for our freedom."
Lorene Jordan of Marlow, OK

"LTC Holland,
I think about you often, but especially at this time of year. I pray for your family and only hope that I can be half the man you were. I wish we could float the river again some day."
SFC Ski of San Antonio, TX

""Sheryl, Garrett and Rachel, Cyndee and I just learned of Daniels death today. We were talking about the good old days at FBH and the help Daniel gave Cyndee when she was the stable foreman. We were both deeply saddened when we learned of Daniels Death. May God Bless you all and you are in our prayers."
John and Cyndee Lacher of Indianapolis, IN

"Happy 50th Birthday Dan! Wish I could call you like you always did me. We miss you...."
Mary of Brenham, TX

"Sir, I think of you and your family often. I am now retired from the Army and was honored to be a Branch NCOIC under your command. You are missed. RIP Sir!"
Sheila Slavens of Dayton, Ohio

"Thinking of you and your family today"
Jeff of Lyon, France

"Missing you always, little brother. Love you. That's all I can say..."

"It isn't getting any easier......... You are missed Dan! Rest in peace."
Mary of Brenham, TX

"Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Daniel Holland.
Saugus Military Families"
Diane Blengs of Saugus, MA

"Sheryl, I just attended the 30th reunion of Daniel's high school class in Marlow, OK as my wife was a classmate of his. Everyone has such fond memories of Daniel. I, myself, as you may remember, knew Daniel when he was in vet school and was at my house on Admiral Street on occasion, studying with my roommate, Tony Small, as well as with several others. I always enjoyed you and Daniel. Your family is still in my thoughts and prayers."
Lynn Bailey of Tuttle, OK/USA

"My family and Daniel's were neighbors in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in the early 70's and I often think about the Holland family. You were all so close and shared such a strong faith in God and I'm sure Daniel knows you will all be together again one day. Military families live with the uncertainty of war every day but support their loved ones because they believe in service to our country and our commitment to freedom. I honor Daniel's sacrifice and will continue to pray for your family and all the families of our service members. God Bless You."
Heidi Myfelt Ingenito of Havertown, PA, USA

"June 23 2011
Just learned of your sacrifice- and I am just so sorry. May you rest in peace and know you made a difference and are missed."
sheila of nj

"May 18, 2011. Thinking about Lt. Colonel Daniel Holland, his family, and the brave Soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful day 5 years ago. You all remain in our hearts, thoughts and prayers."
CW3 MJ Watterson of Camp Zama, Japan

"We all miss you Dan, every day."
Mary of Brenham, TX

"Land of the Free because of the Brave...
We miss you 12/2/10"
Lisa Phillips of Converse, TX

"Hey Daniel, thinking about you, missing you, as always. What I'd give for you to drop by again, asking what I'm going to cook...love you, Claire"

"We still miss you every day!! We will love, pray & care for your family always!! I will post a memorial message on our clinic sign for you again this May 18. Wish you were still here!!!"
The Grafs of Marlow, OK, USA

"Merry Christmas Dan. I miss you.... I wish you were here. Love, Mary"
Mary Ralya of Brenham, TX

"Little brother - not a day goes by that I don't think of you & miss your grin and your goodness. Love you always. CN 8/4/09"

"May 18, 2009 - I remember LTC Holland frequently and my thoughts and prayers are constantly with his family and children. I served at Fort Lewis in May 2006, Kuwait in June 2007 and serve now in Japan. In all three places, I meet Army Veterinary Service Soldiers and civilians that knew LTC Holland or had previously served with him. He is well-respected, honored and missed to this very day, the third anniversary of his passing. There are still Soldiers wearing KIA bracelets and placing ribbon magnets on their cars in honor of LTC Holland. How glad I and so many others would be, just "to get to see him.""
CW3 Watterson of JDVC, Camp Zama, Japan

"May 7, 2009
To the family of Lt. Col. Daniel E. Holland:
Daniel gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Sheryl, Just found out about your loss of Daniel through Kathy VanOsdol. I am so deeply sorry. My thoughts are with you and your family and I just can't stop thinking about you... Your old Fort Harrison Golfing buddy-Nancy"
Nancy Chapman of Indianapolis, Indiana

"I served with Daniel in the Veterinary Corps. He was an excellent officer and mentor. My thoughts are with his family this Veterans Day."
Jeff of Fulton, Missouri

"In Memory of Daniel Holland, November 5, 2008:
You are forever with us."
Audrey Julian of Marlow, OK/USA

"Thanks Uncle Dan for your sacrifice. I think about you often in these troubled times. God Bless you and the men you served with. I will never forget the sacrifice you all made."

"Sheryl - Our whole family is shocked to learn of Daniel's death. We are saddened beyond words and wish we could have been of some help or support for you during this time. Please know that you and the kids are in our prayers. We send our love, Peggy and Henry"
Peggy Rosser of Indianapolis, IN

I was at Dr. Brown's office today in Fishers Indiana having my doxie looked at. Chester had the stomach flu and I reminded Dr. Brown of the Daniel Holland remedy for that - rice, hamburger meat etc. That was when he let me know that Daniel had died in Iraq. Tom and I had no idea and we are so sorry about your loss. Hard to imagine a world without Daniel in it. I still remember dancing the two-step with him at our wedding. Please contact me if you could. Our e-mail is tkvano1@comcast.net. God bless you, dear.
Kathy Rosser VanOsdol
Tom VanOsdol"
Kathy Rosser VanOsdol of Fishers, Indiana

"To the Family of Lt. Col Holland:

I am deeply sorry for your loss. There is no more honorable way to give one's life than in the defense of your country, and while I could never imagine the grief that the family has gone through, my condolences are yours. Several months ago a army-issue BDU jacket came into my possession that I believe may once have belonged to Colonel Holland. It bears the impressions of several patches that were removed upon sale, including the print of rank pins, possibly of a Major or Lt. Colonel, as well as the emblem of the unites States 5th Army. The name on the front is Holland, and though I do not know if it may belong to another Holland, I wish to return it to the owner family of its owner. If anyone is in a position to identify this piece of clothing, or would like more information, Please feel free to E-Mail me at Asho212@yahoo.com anytime.

Sincerely, Sylvain Ellis."
Sylvain Ellis of Whitinsville, MA

"I miss you Uncle Daniel."
Daniel of College Station, TX

"I never had the privilege of knowing you or the great work and sacrifice you did for our country, but thank you for being an inspiration to all peoples (especially to those in your own family). I have heard about you from a very special person who was named after you, and you have made a huge impact in his life and for that I thank you. It would have been an honor to have meet you. To the Nieswiadomy family: I am so sorry for yor loss, know that you all are in my prayers."
Crystal Kimball of Montgomery, TX

"Daniel is my cousin we were just little kids the last time we saw each other. I wish that we were able to be closer than we were. His mother was my father’s sister. Some how as families do we lost touch. I wish that this was not our case, but it was. I had a chance to visit with Daniel’s father last year, and to see his eyes light up as he spoke of his son, made me realize that by loosing touch with them I have lost a lot. I have never got to meet Daniel’s wife or children. I have not seen his brothers or sisters in a long time. But they are still always in my prayers and my thoughts. I have lived a good life and my kids have also. It is because people like Daniel and his brothers and sisters, and all the armed forces, have given up so much so we can experience life the way God planned us to. For that I say thank you to Daniel and his Wife and Kids, as well as everyone that has given so much for our country. You all are in my Family’s prayers God Bless you"
Peter McAllister of Belleview, Florida / Marion

"Uncle Daniel - We're praying for you and your family this Veteran's Day. I wish I could be in TX to visit you. We love you."
Daniel, T, and M of Lafayette, CO

"The Holland family,
I used to go to school with Rachel. Although I only met Mr. Holland a few times but i do remember his general good nature and love for his family.He is hero and it is our loss that such a great man was taken from us.Ther are no words which can console your loss, but my family and I grieve for your loss."
Will Thompson of Atlanta haldo1001@gmail.com

"To the family of:DANIEL E.HOLLAND I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"To the family of Dan Holland, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of a wonderful person. In 1996 I was a LCDR and Dan was a Major, and we shared an office in Taszar, Hungary. Both of us were small unit leaders providing assistance to the bases in Hungary and Croatia. I have never forgotten his strength, his easy humor, and his great kindness in helping a Navy scientist learn how to work with the United States Army. Please accept the thoughts and prayers of myself and my family at your loss."
CDR Jerry A. Formisano, Jr., MSC, USN of Portsmouth, Virginia

"Dearest Sheryl,
My heart goes out to you and Rachael and Garrett, I was sadden and at a complete loss when I found out the news today...I still remember you and Daniel when you first started dating and how right you were for each other. May God watch over you and the children."
Lisa Johnson of Arlington, TX

"Lt. Col. Daniel E. Holland was an Inspiration to the veterinarians that attended Officers Basic Training at Fort Sam Houston in 2000. He always maintained an extraordinary degree of composure and professionalism but at the same time made it quite apparent that he genuinely loved the Army, the Veterinary Corps, and most importantly the people. I think these words would sum it up. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude. Be kind, but not weak. Be bold, but not a bully. Be thoughtful, but not lazy. Be humble but not timid. Be proud, but not arrogant. Have humor, without folly.”

I thoroughly enjoyed my conversations with Lt. Col. Holland and it saddens me that we never had the chance to serve together.

My sincerest regards to the Holland Family. You all will be in my prayers."
CPT Albert A. Ramudo of Greenseboro, NC/USA

"I had the priviledge of serving with then-Captain Dan Holland in Honduras, JTF-B. He was a stud and a genuine human being. While most of the command was stuck in the basecamp due to the terorist threat, Dan was always out gallivanting around the country trying to vacinate the Honduran pig population against Swine Flu. His civic action operations with his Vet bag did a lot of good, in the Balkans as well as Iraq and Honduras. This hero is missed, and not just by his family and friends, and not just by Americans, but by the many people he touched all over the world. Dan was truly "World Class"."
LTC George Humphries, USA (Ret'd) of San Jose, Costa Rica

"Dear Sheryl,
I was deeply sadden when I received the latest copy of the OSU alumni magazine. I remember the light in your eyes when you started dating Daniel that was brilliant and I knew he had to be an incredibly special person. He went on to prove my thoughts many times.

Please know that if we can do anything at all, don't hesitate to call on us. We send our prayers to you and the kids and all the family.

Cece & Jim Cink
CJ and Catelyn
Cece Proft Cink of Wildwood, MO

"I met LTC Holland while I was stationed in Iraq as a Contractor. I would bring his veterinarian soldiers feral animals caught on the base to take care of. I only knew him for a short time. But he was a great influence on me and I greatly respected his compassion toward man and animal alike."
Rocco of Alaska

"I received word from my Uncle Abe today about your son, Daniel. My own son, Matt, is in the Army National Guard. I am so sorry that your beloved and talented and accomplished son has been killed in action. God Bless all of your family, and know that my husband Mel and I will be thinking of you, and of Daniel, and trying to help your shock and loss with our thoughts of healing. God Bless America, God Bless Daniel, and God Bless every American wearing a uniform and serving our country."
Lynda Ann Stauffer of Greenville, SC 29607

"To the family of Daniel Holland,
I did not know Daniel personally, but I graduated with his sister Catherine from Marlow. I was very saddened to hear of his death. My thoughts and prayers go out to each member of his family. May God bless each of you and may God bless Daniel."
Martha Cathey Baucom of TX

"Daniel Holland was my best friend in 5th grade. Daniel had many best friends. Looking back, he made everyone feel like they were his best friend.... and they were.

If a man was born to be someone special, it was Daniel (I'd love to call him Dan,but He forbid that in fifth grade). He used to wear a white T-shirt with "ARMY" emblazoned on the front. He had a crew cut, even though that was very un-pc in 1972. He used to do cadence...when he was NINE!

Dan influenced me in ways that I didn't know until he was killed. I feel endebted to the military. I believe discipline is a virtue. I believe a deep loss can be felt, even if you haven't seen someone in 25 years. I believe in a T shirt that Daniel wore... God...Mother...Country

I know with out a doubt that Daniel died as he wanted... in the service of a cause greater than he. Although I have never met his family,the men and women that he served with and led and I can never think that I knew Daniel or feel his loss as they do, God, thank you for Dan. (and yes I called you DAN)."
Ruel Alan Daley of Minneapolis, Minnesota

"To the Holland Family,

There isn't really much else to be said, because I truly believe that it has all been covered by everyone else. I did not know COL Holland, but as a soldier and a member of the VETCOM family, that doesn't really matter. We have lost one of our own, and it still hurts.
My prayers go out to the family of COL Holland."
SGT Michael Hicks of 218th Medical Detachment (VS) FWD, SWA


I am deeply sorry for your loss."
Buddy Baker of Plano, TX

"First, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I only met LTC Holland briefly when he relieved my dad of command at Ft Hood, but I know he is a true hero. They are asking many of us to go back there, and if chosen, I hope I too will serve as proudly and with as much dedication as he did. Thank you LTC Holland."
LT Scott Morrill, USN of Corpus Christi, TX

"To the Family of LTC Daniel Holland,
Our son 1LT Rob Seidel was killed with LTC Holland and our heart go out to you. We pray that God will Bless you and help you through your sorrow and pain.
Dan, Lonnie, Nick and Rob will always be remembered and loved.
May God Bless you."
Sandy Seidel of Gettysburg, PA/USA

"To Sheryl, Rachel and Garret, we were extremely honored at the funeral to sit in the presence of yourselves and your loving husband, father and a fallen hero. Although we share the same family name we have not known each other directly. We have been business associates with Daniel's brother Dave for almost 10 years. Dave and I laugh a lot about him calling me dad and me calling him my brother. It has been a joy to know him and we feel that Dave favors your fallen hero in many ways. It is a tribute to all three of you and to Daniel's parents that each of you have had the privilage to call him Dad, Husband and Son. Sitting in church was a very proud moment for us. We felt the reverance and the power of love throughout the church. We are very proud patriots of this country and we salute Daniel and your enitire family. Thank God their are people like your husband and yourselves who are very brave and proud to serve our country. His and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Although we have never met we are glad to say; "We are glad we got to see him, you and the entire Holland family"! What a glorius clelebration of his and your lives. You did him proud! May God bless all of you for now and forever!"
John & Janet Holland of Flower Mound, TX, USA

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Daniel's family and friends in this time of loss."
Randy & Jenny Lusk of Overland Park, KS

"I remember arriving to Germany, and LTC Holland, then MAJ Holland was the first Officer to shake my hand in 1997. Right away, I knew the man greeting me was a "Soldier's Leader". After spending 3+ years working with this Officer, I was proven right!. I am a Former Marine, and not in either branch of the Service have I followed a better Leader. So, that's why when 1SG came in the other day and said that he had been killed, I knew of only one regret. This was the same time that I found out that he was attached to the 352nd Civil Affairs Unit from here at Bragg, and that prior to his deployment he spent numerous weeks here training with them. If I had only known, I would have made an effort to see him again. The news of his death killed a part of me and every other Soldier that had ever worked, gotten close to, and was priviledged to serve with him.

Sheryl and the Children;
I am so terribly sorry for your loss. He was a man to be modeled after that is for sure. I will extend to you that which I extended to your Husband the last time that I saw him........

"ANY TIME....ANY WHERE!" I say that to all the great Leaders that I have known, and I am saying that to you now. I you need anything, please call, and know that my heart goes out to you and yours."
SGT(P) KEVIN R. McGEE of 248th Medical Detachment(VS), Fort Bragg, NC

"Sheryl, Rachel, and Garrett,
Daniel was a great gift from God and he used his heart, mind, talents, skills and his very soul to bring others closer to HIM. He was a wonderful brother and a good friend. I will miss him dearly. I am grateful for his service to our country and understand that the freedom we enjoy every day is because of the sacrifices of great men like him. May God keep you close and forever in HIS care.
God Bless all our soldiers everywhere."
Catherine Holland Ochoa of New Braunfels, Texas

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Robert will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS.
May we never forget: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE! "

"LTC Holland was there for my family when we had a close relative committ suicide. He was also there for my family when our twins were born. I served with LTC Holland under his Command for over 36 months. I also had the chance to meet his wife Sheryl and their children on numerous visits to Fort Sill, OK where he always called home. My family and I hope that we can be there for them like he and his family were there for ours. I have a yellow ribbon on our trees in our yard in honor of you Sir, and the other fallen heros who have made the ultimate sacrifice and the ones that are still over there. You and your family are in my prays."
SFC Sheila M. Slavens/TSGT David J. Slavens and Family of Burkburnett, TX

"I have stood in the presence of greatness that is LTC Daniel E. Holland. My life has truly been blessed as I have had three separate occasions to work under this great American Hero. In November 1991, Soto Cano AFB, Honduras CPT Holland was my OIC. He spent countless hours in his spare time volunteering at the orphanage in Comayagua placing screens on windows and giving the orphaned children a better quality of life. He is a true Humanitarian. In January 1999 I again had the privilege of working with, then, MAJ Holland, Deputy Commander, Geibelstadt, Germany. It was a terribly trying time in his career but he took it head on and overcame all of his obstacles with total determination and confidence. I remember being out in the bunkers with him doing inventory of our equipment in the bitter cold to prepare for an upcoming Ex-Eval. Never did he complain or give in even when we could no longer feel our fingers. Mission always came first. He was a man who would never quit; a true leader and mentor. I made my way to Fort Hood, Texas to find that LTC Holland was now my new Commander. I knew I was in a great unit because I had a great leader in charge of it. He did not suffer fools gladly nor did he mince his words. If you didn’t meet his expectations he would let you know it, but in the next breath would be asking you about the family and knew each one by name. If he said he needed you to do something but told you there was no hurry what he really meant was “You’d better get cracking on it because I’m going to ask for it 10 minutes from now.”
This is the man I have come to know and love. He will be missed terribly but remembered constantly and eternally. Thank You LTC Daniel E. Holland for all that you have given to each one you knew and who had the honor and the privilege of knowing you.

SSG John M. Hunter
South Plains District Veterinary Command
Fort Hood, Texas"
of Lampasas, Texas

"To Sheryl and Kids,

No amount of words, condolences or sympathy can fill the hole left by the loss of your husband and dad. My prayer for your family is that you can find comfort in the fond memories of your father here on earth and strength from the promises made by your Father in Heaven. Daniel was a wonderful classmate. I loved his wit and his kindness to everyone but his overwhelming brain was what really impressed me. Man, was he a smart guy!"
Briquetta Johnson of Marlow, Ok. 1briquetta@sbcglobal.net

"I will never forget the lessons that LTC Holland taught me when I first entered military service five years ago. He made me want to be a better Soldier, veterinarian, and person. When I came back from Iraq last year, he was one of the first people there to greet all of us as we got off the bus at Fort Hood. I always hoped that I would have the opportunity to work with him again. Now I just know that the best way I can thank him for his service is to continue to strive to be the leader that he encouraged me to become. God bless you, sir."
CPT Stephanie L. Boyd of Fort Hood, Texas

"We will never forget Daniel's funeral service, especially the passing of the caisson. As inlaws of one of the Holland girls (Claire), we are proud to have been a witness to this wonderful farewell to Daniel. May God bless all of the Holland family."
Ben and Rose Nieswiadomy of Dallas, Texas

"As a reporter, last week I wrote the hardest obituary I have ever been asked to report...that of our family friend, Daniel. My family met the Hollands through our mutual dedication to the 4-H Club. We became fast and forever friends. His loss came as an unfathomable shock. In my heart, I still picture Daniel in a lawn chair at the end of the goat aisle at the Heart of Texas Fair. The laughter, the jokes, Daniel's good-hearted humor...those two days with the Hollands are my favorite stock show memories ever. I'll never forget the last night our families spent together just before their move to San Antonio. As we backed out of his driveway, Daniel grinned, waved and gave his faithful farewell. One arm was around his sweet Sheryl as he called after us, "I'm glad you got to see me!" I am glad I got to see him, know him, and appreciate every ounce of his red-blooded American self. For Sheryl, Rachel and Garrett, I am grateful to the good Lord that he gave you Daniel to love each of you wholly and completely. He lives on in each of you. God Bless."
Cheri Wienecke of Lometa, Texas

"To the Holland Family, I went to LTC Holland's funeral today. I did not know him, but I left wishing I could have been the recepient of his trade-mark "Glad you got to see me." It's obvious to me that he was an amazing man and a great leader. I hope my son, now in Iraq, has someone like LTC Holland with him. My prayers go out to all of you."
Cyndi Foster of N.B. Texas

"To the Holland Family, I just finished posting for your Daniel on the Legacy site, and looked him up here. What beautiful tributes to a great man. How proud you all must be of him. As I said in the other site, he is truly an American Hero. God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Sheryl, Garrett and Rachel, LTC Holland was a husband and father to you and the kids. I saw him as man of faith, a true leader of soldiers, and a great commander. I had the honor of being his 1SG and working side by side with him for two and half years. He took care of his soldiers and he knew them and their family members by name and he always treated others as he wanted to be treated. My prayers go out to you and all the Holland family. We can all feel comfort in knowing that he died doing what he loved, being a Soldier. He will be dearly missed, but not forgotten."
1SG Dorcas A. Brooks of Ft.Hood, TX

"I had the privilege of knowing both LTC Daniel Holland and 1LT Robert Seidel who were killed in the explosion. Both were outstanding soldiers, leaders and individuals who believed in what they were doing and their loss to the Army and the Country is great.
I had the honor of entering the US Army Veterinary Corps with Dan 18 years ago and attending OBC with him. I will miss his humour, his passion for the things he believed and his professionalism. He was truly an incredible person with deep personal convictions. I was able to spend a litle bit of time with hime at Ft. Bragg before he depolyed and I know that his thoughts were of his family constantly. He loved them above all else and was dedicated to them. I can't imagine their grief and loss but he loved them all totally. I wish them peace and comfort during this time of great sorrow."
LTC Paul Whippo of Carlisle Barracks, PA

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Daniel Holland. We are terribly saddened to hear of his loss. Please know that many people have many fond memories of Daniel. He will be missed."
Joe Dial & family of Tulsa, Oklahoma

"My heart pours out to this and every fallen soldiers family. As we have just gotten over the Memorial Holiday it leaves me still thinking about those that are dying defending the freedoms we so greatly take for granted here in this country.
I am so greatful and may God bless you for your sacrafice."
Juanita Lawson-Crowder of Somerset,KY USA

"To the family of Daniel Holland. I was very sadden to hear of your loss. I grew up and went to high school with Danny in Marlow, Okla. He was always friendly, helpful and never had an enemy, he will be greatly missed. If any of you ever need anything, please feel free to email me at hlmay@comcast.net Take care and God bless you all. Godspeed Daniel."
Lawrence May of Annapolis, Maryland

"Dear Sheryl, Garrett and Rachel:
I met Daniel when I sat next to him at a VC luncheon. He spent the next 20 minutes giving me a hard time because I had bumped George Renison in an assignment. I figured anyone who defended a friend with that amount of energy was a pretty good friend himself, and of course over the next several years found that to be very true.
Daniel was so proud of all of you, and he loved you all so much; I remember his delight in showing off your beautiful home and the goats Garrett and Rachael had raised (as well as Sheryl's great cooking). I am honored to have known him and heartbroken that he is gone from this world. Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss of this wonderful man, husband, and father."
Peggy Carter of Alexandria, VA

"I was saddened to hear the news that one of my classmates has been robbed of his life while serving to liberate and educate the oppressed. His family has lost their husband and daddy in a senseless act of meaningless and cowardice violence. My words ring hollow in comparison to the service my colleague has offered for the cause of freedom. We owe him our life. Thank you Daniel. May God bless your family in their time of grief. Mike Nance, Oklahoma State University Class of 1988"
Michael B. Nance, DVM of Lufkin, Texas

"I was saddened to hear the news that one of my classmates has been robbed of his life while serving to liberate and educate the oppressed. His family has lost their husband and daddy in a senseless act of meaningless and cowardice violence. My words ring hollow in comparison to the service my colleague has offered for the cause of freedom. We owe him our life. Thank you Daniel. May God bless your family in their time of grief. Mike Nance, Oklahoma State University Class of 1998"
Michael B. Nance, DVM of Lufkin, Texas

My sister heard the news of Daniel's death on the radio today. Our hearts go out to you, your kids, and all of your families. I will always remember Daniel for the way he could make everyone smile - and his tag-line..."glad you got to see me". May God bless you and your family."
Joe Yalch of Tulsa, OK

"I was very much saddened to hear of Daniel's death. I was one of his grade school teachers. Even tho I haven't seen or heard of him in years I can still see his smiling face. He was one of the finest young men I ever had the privilege to know. My condolences go out to his family."
Carl & Pauline Mahan of Norman, OK

"Lt Col Holland was my commander for 2 years. He was a fair and strong leader. I am devistated to hear about his loss. I got out of the army last November, and I play our last visit with each other over and over in my head, still not believing he is gone. He was so full of life, It's so hard to think that he is gone from all of us and won't be able to pass on his love of the Army and job to anymore soliders. My thoughts are with his family and friends in thier hour of need. May God bless and we never forget! Until they all come home...."
Lisa Phillips of San Antonio, TX

"My deepest sympathy to the entire Holland family. While I only knew him a short time I quickly realized he was the "go-to" person within our Civil Affairs unit for both professional and personal advice, which was especially valued by this Navy pilot who appreciated his guidance and friendship in this strange new environment which is the Army. He was a delight to talk with and I am thankful for his genuine interest in my upcoming religious education to become Catholic, and I had the honor of attending mass with him the Sunday before. I am inspired by the eagerness he exhibited in doing his part to bring stability back to this area through his visits to local farms to care for their livestock, and I've attached a photo from one such visit. As I write this on Memorial Day I can attest that it's through the efforts of people like Dan that we can bring this to a close. As a husband and father myself I am deeply saddened for his wife and children, and my thoughts and prayers are with them. God bless, and thank you Dan. You will be missed."
LCDR Stephen Schmidt USN, of Camp Liberty, Iraq

"My deepest sympathy to the family of Daniel Holland. My Mother received a call last night from an old friend (your Mom) whom she hasn't heard from in 20 years. She felt the need to share this news with an old dear friend. Our Father's served together in Oklahoma. On this Memorial Day I want to share how very proud we are of Daniel and thank him so much for giving the ultimate sacrifice for his country. My heart breaks for the family. May your memories of Daniel keep him in your heart forever."
Connie Ellenberger-Ruffing of Hiram, OH

"Holland Family,
My prayers are with you in this time of loss. Please continue in pride for the sacrifice that LTC Holland and you all as a family haven given for this country's future."
PFC Stephen Parker of New Braunfels, Texas/United States

"To Mrs. LTC Daniel Holland and Family

Please accept our deep condolences. I had the honor and the pleasure to know and serve with LTC Holland. His quick wit and heartfelt kindness to all were just a couple of his most endearing attributes. He was a very intelligent leader and his friendship to me will never be forgotten.

Please convey our sincere condolences to the extended family and to you we can only send our warmest thoughts and our hopes that you should know no more sorrow.

God bless you and your family. We will keep you in our hearts and prayers."
SGM and Mrs Benard Thomas of Triple Army Medical Cntr, HI

Daniel was a great friend and colleague. I can't imagine vet school without him and that impish grin. I can't think of Daniel without smiling, and I think that will be his legacy with all of us who knew him and called him our friend. I am so thankful he was my friend all these years. The Army has lost a great Soldier and the world a great man."
LTC Mark Bohannon, DVM of Manassas, VA

"Uncle Daniel,
I love you and I miss you very much. I want to say thank-you for all that you have done not only for me but for your country and for giving your life to help in the fight for our freedom. You were always my favorite uncle *wink* :) and a lotta fun to be around. You could always make me laugh and it was the best to beat you at solitaire and to play basketball. I will also miss talking to you about Sooner and Cowboy football and basketball. I'm gonna miss you soo much! I Love You, always and forever, and I'll never forget you. Much love,
Cousin Becca"
Rebecca of Oklahoma City, OK

"Uncle Daniel, you are our family's hero. Thank you for serving our great nation. Love, Cousin Mary

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace."
Mary Mulvaney of Irving, Texas

"LTC Holland was not just an Officer in Charge, he was a Soldier. He never asked a Soldier to do something that he would not be willing to do himself. I only knew LTC Holland for about a year, but I felt an instant bond immediately after our introduction. I as well as every Soldier that served with him, not only knew him as our Commander, but knew him as a friend. We didn't look at him as an Officer, he was a Soldier! He didn't sit back and bark orders, he was in the mix of whatever his unit was doing, M16 Range, weapons guard, or loading a trailer with hurricane relief supplies in preparation for a hurricane evacuation. I will never forget the day at BLORA and I needed someone to assist me in putting my boat on my trailer, I had problems aligning the boat on the trailer and he shucked his shoes and rolled his jeans up (not getting the OSU T-shirt Wet) and walked out to my boat to help. He never said a thing, only had that grin on his face that everyone knows if you have ever spent a moment with him. Rachel and Garrett, you should be very proud of your father and always remember that there was nothing more important to him than you. Sheryl, your husband has helped me understand how important family truly is and I will always be beholding to him for the impact he made on my life. Take Care and he will never be forgotten."
SFC Linney of FT Hood, Texas

"Last night was one of the saddest nights of my life. My little brother Daniel's body finally came back from Iraq. What an honor to be around to greet him. He was a good man, loved by many. He positively impacted people all over the world. What a lasting contribution he has made to the world. He leaves behind 9 grieving brothers & sisters, their spouses, and many (30+) nieces & nephews who loved him, his devasted parents, the parents-in-law who loved him, his beloved wife Sheryl, his precious children (who meaned the world to him), and countless friends around the world........ Rest in peace baby brother, Mary"
Mary Ralya of Brenahm, TX


"I count myself truly blessed to have known Daniel. We graduated together from Marlow High School & later at OSU, Daniel was always there for me anytime I needed him. That's one of the many things that made him so special. He was always looking out for other people. Daniel leaves behind an exemplary legacy, & anyone who knew Daniel knows he left this world a better place than he found it."
Julie Blackburn Leippe of Marlow, OK

"We the class of Marlow High School 1981
will be establishing a Daniel E Holland
Memorial Award.The award will be given each year to a senior that displays the
leadership and patriotism that was
characterized in Daniels life. Anyone
wanting to donate can send thier contribution to the BancFirst 128 W main Marlow, OK 73055 i.c.o. Daniel E Holland Memorial fund."
Steve Patterson of Tulsa OK

"Mrs. Holland and family -

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your husband, and your children's father.

I never had the opportunity to work with him, although I am a member of the Veterinary Corps. Nevertheless, I felt compelled to write this message to you, because in a sense we are all family, and when we lose someone it affects all of us. From the stories I've heard from other soldiers who knew him, he was a great man, soldier and mentor of whom you can be very, very proud.

His loss reminds us all of just how personal this war on terror is, and why we must see it through.

God bless you and your family. My wife, Gail, and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers."
CW4 Bob Klaiss of Tripler AMC, HI

I was completely floored to hear the LTC Holland was killed. I served with him at Fort Sill and spent many hours with him on the road to Sheppard and Altus AFB. I can not even tell you what kind of impact he had on my life. He introduced me to Rush Limbaugh and I still have the book he gave me. I am so sorry and my family and I will pray for you and your family."
CW3 Kevin Knight of Fort Rucker, AL

"Cheryl and family,
I was extremely saddened to hear of Danial's death. I could not focus for the rest of the day. I just kept remembering you two and all the fun and fun filled times we shared together going through vet school. I can easily recall Daniel's laughter, all the pranks he pulled on fellow classmates and professors, and all his inquiring questions in class. I remember many a social event that he was part of the comic relief along with a few others in the class. Cheryl, I can't even begin to imagine your loss, but I know how easy it is to remember his laughter and joy even 18 years after veterinary school graduation...That is what I will remember about him. I will think of you often and pray for you unceasingly; for strength, for peace that passes all understanding and for assurance in the future....
Dr. Rhonda Hunter Phillips of Royse City, Tx, USA

"Garrett, Rachel, and Sheryl, The whole of Lampasas County is reeling at your loss. You have many friends here who are mourning with you and praying for you. Daniel could not have left a more beautiful family. We know that you will do him proud. May God bless you."
Marilyn May of Lampasas, TX USA

"To the Family and Friends of LTC Holland:
May God be with you all in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. LTC Holland will be missed. He was a mentor and friend to all. The Nation and VETCOM has lost a great leader."
1SG (RET) Gerald L. Hilt and Family of Lansing, Kansas

"To the family of Lt. Daniel Holland, what a wonderful person he was. I went to High School with Daniel and he always had a kind word to everyone and a smile on his face. He is certainly a HERO in my heart and eyes. He never made a differance in anyone. I am for one very proud to have known him. Daniel your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank You so much for what you stood for."
DaWanna Loveless Price of Marlow, Ok USA

"Daniel, I am honored to have had you as a friend while attending Marlow High School. He was always a leader in our class and a pleasure to be around. I will always cherish his friendship and the things he tought me about honesty and integrity. Thank you for being a good friend and thank you for your service to our country."
Greg Elliott of Smyrna, Tennessee

"Daniel, you will always be my dear friend and brother in arms. The time we served together, ran together, taught together and played together will stay with me and comfort me the rest of my life. I cannot pretend to know why the Lord has decided to take you now, I can only pray that your immediate and extended family will overcome their grief and realize your purpose now is greater than it was on earth. I wish I had known you were at Fort Bragg when I was there so I could have spent some precious time with you before you deployed. When my family visited yours in Copperas Cove on spring break this year it was as if we had always been together. I love them like my own. I'm sorry you weren't able to be there too. I received your message on my cell phone before you left and will remember your wise and prudent advice: " Sorry I missed you, Mary and the kids when you stopped by. I heard you looked like a hippy! Get a haircut!" Rest assured anything I and my family can do for your family we will do, just as you would have for me. In my daily life and in my memories, you will always be the consummate friend, husband, father, and leader of troops that I strived and still strive to be. I miss you."
Barry (U.S. Army retired) of 1320 NE 78th Street, Topeka, KS 66617

"To the Family of Daniel Holland..What a class act this man was. I went to school with Daniel in Marlow, OK. He was a friend to everyone. I recall showing pigs with Daniel in FFA. He was always helping everyone around, always lending a hand to the younger less experienced kids. He was a very kind and gentle soul that would do anything for anyone. Even though its been 25 years since I have seen him, his smile and that happy little stepping stride he had is a memory I will never forget. He is a Hometown Hero. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family."
Kim Patterson Vang of Marlow, Okalahoma

"To LTC Holland's family,
He was always very nice to me and had no reason to be other than the fact that I was a human being and he liked his fellow human beings. What a nice fellow--a genuinely nice fellow. I mourn with you."
LTC Rocky Bigbie, US Army Vet Corps of Spring Hill, KS

"To the family of Daniel Holland a true
Hero. I went to Marlow High School with Daniel.He was a great friend and example to those he grew up with. I am
so proud of him for what he stood for and life that he lead. He was always there with a helping hand or an encouraging word. I will always remember the burrito wagon or green machine at lunch time. What a great time we had. We will never forget.
Thank GOD for Daniel and all the men and women like him that serve our great country."
Steve Patterson of Tulsa OK

"I was deeply saddened today to learn of the death of Daniel, my friend and former classmate. Although it has been many years since I last saw him, I will always hold fond memories of him in my heart. May God hold him in his loving arms."
Robert Collins of Marlow, Oklahoma

"My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of LTC Holland. As a former Army veterinarian, I know how dedicated everyone in the veterinary corps is. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Rhya Marohn of White Plains, Maryland

"I was devastated to hear the news about Daniel but at the same time I'm grateful and proud to have known Daniel during school. It seems like only yesterday that he was doing trick dives from the old rope swing at our pond. Daniel's family should always remember that he and his sacrifice to our country will NEVER be forgotten."
Randy Blackburn of Hollandale,Mississippi

"As an Australian I'm proud to say that our nation stands with the US in its war against terror. Whilst I did not know this man; his obvious bravery and courage are an inspiration to all. Rest in peace and may his family find some comfort in the fact that his sacrifice and contribution will not go unnoticed"
John Beattie of Perth, Australia

"I'm proud to be your namesake Uncle Daniel. I'm trying to make sure I continue to be just like you: stubborn, honest, and hard working. And maybe some day I'll be as great a husband and father as you were. We miss you and we love you always
Cousin Daniel"
Daniel Nieswiadomy of Denton, TX

"Your little sister will remember you always and wish we had more time together. We'll be here for your wife and kids, cause we love them too!
Rest with God forever."
Beth of Houston, TX, USA

"Lt. Colonel Holland, thank you for your unselfish service to our grateful nation. You have touched the hearts of so many over your miltary service. You will be missed by so many! To every soldier you had under your leadership. You have given them tough love, kindness, understanding, guidance, direction and friendship. More importantly, very supportive to the mission of war. That your leadership save many many lives of our soldiers. healing is a very slow process. take it one day at a time. realize each of you touched by Daniel. Hold in your hearts very fond and precious memories you each shared together. That he will always be with you. I fully, understand the heartache losing a love one in war. Two years now and I have my moments. I simplely, take a breath and reflect on one of my endless memories ahred with my son. Daniel has not died in vain! Over the days many will come to honour him. Mnay by mail too! You will understand he truely, youched many many lives. He is an American Hero! He was much more to his loving family. God Bless!"
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of Tecas

"Uncle Dan - How could this have happened!!! Tamara and I miss you so much. Tamara was telling me yesterday how you were her favorite of my uncles. She'll never forget you taking time to visit her at that veterinary conference. I'll always remember you giving it to me straight about college and going into the Army. We're going to be at your funeral. I pray to God that He will comfort C. and the kids. I know you are up in Heaven looking down on us... I feel terrible that I didn't stay in closer touch with you while you were at Bragg training and then when you left for Iraq. Thanks for being a terrific Uncle and friend. We're still struggling with your loss and we're not exactly sure how to help your family, but we want you to know that if we can ever do anything, we want to be there for them. Love always, your nephew, Daniel and Tamara"
Daniel Holland of Colorado Springs, CO

"I am deeply sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and strength in God to face the journey ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on April 24, 2005"

"Thank you Daniel Holland, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Lt. Col. Daniel Holland:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Daniel for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Lt. Col. Daniel Holland:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Daniel, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on