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Peter J. Holmes

Rank: Staff Sergeant
Street: 1344 Camp Street
Town/Village: New Orleans, Louisiana
Civil Parish: Killashee
Catholic Parish: Killashee
Country: U.S.A.
Alternative Address: Fisherstown, Clondra, Co. Longford
Census 1901: N/A
Census 1911: N/A
Regiment/Unit: U.S. Army, 4th Infantry Division
Regiment Number: 34076695
Date of Death: 01-07-1974
Cause: Unknown
Memorial: Unknown

Peter Joseph was born in Fisherstown, on or around the 25 March 1914. He attended St. Mel's College, and played sports for the school, St Brigid's and at county level.  He emigrated to the USA September 1937 from Derry on the SS Cameronia, staying initially with his uncle, John Holmes on St Charles Avenue, NO. He then resided in New Orleans, working as a sales clerk, before becoming a citizen at Camp Gordon, Georgia, in September 1942.

Peter was drafted into the US Army in May 1941 during World War 2, and enlisted at Jacksonville Army Air Field in Florida. He took part in the Normandy landings, and was at Utah Beach in June 1944. Peter subequently participated in the capture of Saint-Lô, and was wounded there. He saw action in Luxembourg, the former Czechoslovakia as well as being present at the liberation of Paris. Peter was injured in the leg and back as the result of an artillery shell, in Sept 1944. He was 

Parents Names: Son of Thomas Holmes and Bridget (née Skelly), Lower Fisherstown, Clondra
Notes: SSN: 438125553

Link to Civil Record of Birth (please ensure web adress ends in .pdf); Longford Leader Award for Gallantry article, Jul 1945 (image); Longford Leader Award for Gallantry article, Jul 1945 (partial text); Award for Gallantry article, remaining text; 

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