Robert Kimball Holmes
1922 - 1941
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Robert K. Holmes
1922 ~ 1941
WWII MARINE'S REMAINS FINALLY IDENTIFIED AFTER 77 YEARS
PFC USMC
Robert Kimball Holmes was serving in the United States Marine Corps on board the USS Oklahoma when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. He was 19 years of age at the time of the attack and was killed during that attack.
As soon as possible after the attack the bodies and remains of bodies were collected and buried in graves in Hawaii with the marker "Unidentified" at the site of burial. In May 2018 the military authorities informed the family that his remains were positively identified and that arrangements were being made to send him home to family.
Robert was born May 8, 1922 in Wichita Kansas and moved with his family to Salt Lake City as a teenager. As soon as Bob turned 18 he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. At the time of his death he was survived by six siblings and his father Edward D Holmes. His mother Ola C Holmes predeceased him in 1938.
As of May 2018, he is survived by numerous nephews and nieces and an extended family. He was single at the time of his death.
There will be a military service for him on August 20, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Salt Lake Cemetery, 4th Avenue & N Street, SLC, UT.



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Published in Deseret News from Aug. 1 to Aug. 19, 2018.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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August 20, 2018
I was honored to attend PFC Holme's funeral this morning. Like so many who attended, I never knew him or his family but I'm so happy that their uncle was able to finally come home. I wanted to show my respect and gratitude for his sacrifice and to thank him for my life of freedom. Thank you Private Holmes. God bless you and your family.
Robert Friedman
August 18, 2018
How Wonderful to see an obituary for one of our soldiers after all these years. How wonderful it is that he finally got to come home. Even though it has been 77 years, I am sure bringing him home has reopened the pain in your hearts. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Have peace now!
Shelly
August 18, 2018
He's home now God bless his family may he finally rest in peace. Thank you so much for your service God bless you
Ranee Sanchez
August 18, 2018
May God bless your soul. So young, so much missed, but we honor you and thank you for your service and will honor your sacrifice.
Charlene Christensen
August 17, 2018
I wish to express my gratitude for this young man's service. I am sorry that your family has had to go so long without being able to identify his remains. A life taken so soon. I can't imagine what his immediate family went through at that time as well as what you all have gone through. Thank you for your sacrifice as well.
Tami Patterson
August 16, 2018
USS Oklahoma Memorial
August 16, 2018
USS Oklahoma Memorial
August 16, 2018
August 15, 2018
Thank You for your service. Semper Fi
August 15, 2018
May your family find comfort and strength from Hehovah Gods word, The Bible, during this difficult time. (Matthew 5:4) I am deeply sorry for your loss and I will be keeping your family in my prayers.
August 14, 2018
PFC Holmes,

Thank you for your service. Thank you to all the Holmes Family.
Welcome home Sir - may you rest in peace and know - we will never forget.
God Speed.
Laura Passey and Carter Crew
August 14, 2018
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August 14, 2018
Thank you Robert Holmes for your service and defending our country.
Carrie Adams
August 13, 2018
Randy Keele
August 13, 2018
I am so touched that Robert finally made it home. God Bless him and his family. May he now Rest In Peace and May his family finally have peace. Thank you for your service and sacrifice Robert.
Becky Colonna
August 13, 2018
Thank you for your service. God bless you
August 12, 2018
Thank you for your service Uncle Bobby! Welcome home and rest in peace
Hay Family
August 12, 2018
Go with God, Devil Dog, and thank you for my freedom.
Randy Montoya
August 11, 2018
Ditto to all of the posts for this young man.
August 10, 2018
Rest in peace. I am grateful for your return to your family ,for your service and ultimate sacrifice.
May your family feel peace and comfort that so many feel your loss.
B Christenson
August 10, 2018
God bless you for your sacrifice. May your family find peace as they lay you to rest.
Larry Wright
August 10, 2018
Welcome home. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. The Lord Bless and Keep You.
Katheryn Clayton
August 9, 2018
I do not know this man nor his family. I also do not remember the last obituary that has affected me as much as this one does. Thank you for your service Sir! Thank you to your family and may God bless you all. Welcome home!
Kent Williams
August 8, 2018
My deepest sympathy for your family !! I'm so grateful your able to finally have him with you ! Hope this heals your hearts !
Tanya Linck
August 8, 2018
My deepest sympathy to his family. May Almighty God grant you peace as you cope with your loss.
August 7, 2018
Thank You for your service. You are home now. Rest in peace.
August 7, 2018
Thank you for your service and the ultimate price you paid for our freedom. Rest in peace.
August 6, 2018
Thank you to you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice of fighting for the freedom we cherish today. Thank you for your service to this country.

May God bless your family.
K Domire
August 5, 2018
To Roberts family,

I'm always in awe as I see obituaries of young men and women who chose to place their lives on the line for me, my family and the rest of America. Our freedom has been purchased by these committed and patriotic individuals.

All I can say is Thank You Robert. Thanks to your parents who raised a young man who thought of others before he thought of himself.

May God bless your family and may the peace of God our Eternal Father finally rest upon your family.

Again, Thank you Robert!
August 4, 2018
Thank you for protecting and preserving my freedoms at the ultimate cost. Prayers for your family. Semper Fi Marine!

Joy Tholen
August 4, 2018
Robert. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you made for your Country and all of us. I am so thankful that you have been brought home for your family. Rest in sweet eternal peace.
Esther
August 3, 2018
Thank goodness for those brave young men who were willing to sacrifice their lives for freedom and for posterity. His was not given in vain. May God be with his family. Though those alive today may not have had the honor of knowing him personally, they may be assured that he was a great soldier and returned to his Heavenly Father with honor.
August 3, 2018
"Semper Fi" Marine.
August 2, 2018
"Oh, beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea."

Your sacrifice, Robert, is gratefully
recorded in our hearts and in heaven.
August 2, 2018
So glad you have been found and returned to your home. I'm sure you were never forgotten by your loved ones.

Thank you for your service and your ultimate sacrifice, of which I cannot even comprehend. America is free because of heroes like you. God bless you and may you rest eternal peace.
Lauren J
August 2, 2018
I don't know Robert or his family but, my thoughts and prayers are with you. "Dear Sir Thank you for your service"
marti searle
August 2, 2018
Thank you sir for the ultimate sacrifice...so happy for the family to finally be able bring this hero home.
Jayme S.
August 2, 2018
Thank you for your service Sir. Glad to have you home.
August 2, 2018
I don't know you Sir, But I want to THANK YOU for my freedom. I know you are watching down on your beloved family. Rest in peace.
August 2, 2018
I didn't know Robert, but I am so happy for the family that he finally made it home. Rest in peace Robert
Johnna K
August 2, 2018
May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him
August 2, 2018
Semper Fi
August 2, 2018
The family can finally rest in peace. Thank you for your service. God bless you.
Raelene Keller
August 2, 2018
thank you,thank you for your sacrifice for us.
Kurt Cottrell
August 2, 2018
The cost of FREEDOM is extremely HIGH! Fortunately for us all, the Marine Corps has paid most of it!
Kent Andeson
August 1, 2018
Thank you for your service!
Debbra Thomas
August 1, 2018
So glad Robert made it home. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
prayers for all
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