Family, friends honor World War II hero at VFW memorial service
[...] While serving with the First Marine Division on Guadalcanal in 1942, he was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. The famous U.S. Navy Admiral W. F. "Bull" Halsey presented Holland with the Silver Star. After he recovered from his wounds, he also was promoted to captain.
Holland was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the Marine assault, landing and capture of Peleliu Island in the Pilaus in 1945.