It is with deepest sympathy that the California National Guard announces the death of Sgt. Eric M. Holke in July 2007 in Tallil, Iraq, of wounds sustained from a non-combat related incident. Sergeant Holke was involved in a motor vehicle rollover accident while performing escort duties.
Sergeant Holke was born in Artesia, California on 11 July 1976 and enlisted in the United States Army on 5 June 2001, in San Diego, California. On 4 June 2005 Specialist Holke was honorably released from Active Duty, after completing his required service and transferred to the United States Army Reserve Control Group (Reinforcement).
His last duty assignment was at Fort Bragg, North Carolina with the 82nd Paratrooper Support Battalion. His Primary MOS was 19D1P, Cavalry Scout. On 16 March 2006, Specialist Holke enlisted in Detachment 1, Company C, 1st Battalion, 185th Armor, California Army National Guard, in Apple Valley, California as a 19K10, Gunner/ Assistant TC. In April of 2006 he transferred to Detachment 2, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 185th Armor in Colton, California as a 19D10, Scout. On 2 March 2007 Specialist Holke was transferred to Company A, 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry, in Fullerton, California and ordered to active duty for the purpose of OCONUS Deployment In Support Of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Specialist Holke was posthumously promoted to Sergeant on 15 July 2007. Sergeant Holke’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge and Canadian Parachutist Badge.