James G. Holland III grew up the son of a career Army officer. He spent his childhood in six states and two countries. In 1964 he graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmetsburg, Maryland. After graduation he enlisted in the Army’s College Option Program for Officers Candidate School. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry in June of 1965 and then attended and graduated from Army Ranger and Parachute training.
He served two tours as an infantryman in South Vietnam, one as a platoon leader and aide-de-camp in the 1st Infantry Division (1966-67). The second as an advisor to the South Vietnamese (1968-69) in Hau Ghnia Province. He was wounded on both tours.
Jim was integrated into the regular army in 1967. He is a Command and General Staff College graduate and has completed a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Central Michigan.
His army assignments were varied. He has served in command positions at Fort Dix and the 82d Airborne Division, been an instructor at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, GA; taught ROTC at Texas A&M University; and served on the staff and faculty of the US Army Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, NC. He has also been a joint staff officer on both the Operations and the Intelligence staffs of the US Central Command and served as the C3 Air on the Combined Field Army ROK/US in Euijongbu, South Korea.
Jim’s awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Wings, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with V (1OLC), the Bronze Star Medal (3OLC), the Purple Heart with OLC, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Air Medal with V and 16 OLC, Army Commendation Medal with 3 OLC, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star.
His last active army assignment was as the Regular army advisor to the 33d Infantry Brigade (Separate), Illinois Army National Guard, Chicago, Illinois. He retired from the Army in 1989 and took a job with the Florida Department of Health and Human Services, working with Federal Grants for his first 10 years and then in the Contracts Office of the Department of Children and Families. He is now retired.
He was the Commander of the Department of Florida, Military Order of the Purple Heart from 2006 to 2010 and has held office in Tallahassee Chapter 758 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the past nine years. He joined MOPH in 2000.