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