Donald Holleder


Donald Holleder was born in 1934 in Rochester. He was a football star for Aquinas Institute and then again for West Point, where he made All-American. He was instrumental in Army's winning season of 1955 and especially their defeat of Navy in the last game of the season. As a result, Holleder was featured on the cover of the November 28, 1955 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Holleder served in Vietnam where, as a Major, he was killed in action on October 17, 1967. He died protecting his fellow soldiers from an ambush. He was 33 years old, a husband and father of four.

Holleder is buried in the [WWW]Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Aquinas renamed their football stadium to Holleder Stadium in his honor and he was inducted into the [WWW]College Football Hall of Fame in 1985.


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