CLAREMONT, NC, USA U.S. Army PFC, BATTERY A, 2D BATTALION, 17TH FIELD ARTILLERY, 2 BCT, FORT CARSON, CO BAGHDAD, IRAQ 04/09/2007
Private First Class Brian Lee Holden, 20, of Claremont, was a gunner with the 17th Field Artillery Regiment from Fort Carson, Colo., when he was killed April 9, his family said.
Holden was looking forward to two weeks of leave in late April before he died when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee. He wanted to spend it with his 20-year-old wife, Amanda, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., said his mother, Leasa DeLozier. Holden planned to leave the Army next year and start a family.
“We saved every dime for our future,” Amanda Holden said. “Now, I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life.”
Born January 15, 1987 in Jacksonville, FL, he was a son of Bill and Helen Holden of Cornelius and Leasa and Gene DeLozier of Claremont.
Brian graduated from Newton-Conover High School in 2005 and joined the United States Army. He was a member of the 17th Field Artillery Unit out of Fort Carson, CO.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Amanda Holden of the home; grandparents, Lillie Holden of Jacksonville, FL, Ed and Flo DeLozier of Catawba and Darrell Shrewsberry of Conover; brother, William ‘Billy’ D. Holden and fiancee, Halie Russell of Mooresville; step-brother, Jeremy DeLozier of Washington; and his mother and father-in-law, Deborah and Jasper Scarberry.