SGM (Ret) Peter A. Holmberg at 76

WASHINGTON, NH:  SGM (R) Peter A. Holmberg, 76, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2019 while in hospice care in Concord, NH. 

Born in Boston, MA, Peter graduated from Holliston High School, Holliston, MA.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1964. After completing Special Forces medical training, he was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), serving two tours in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969 with II Corps Mobile Guerrilla Company (Mike Force B20). 

Peter also served in assignments with Special Forces 46th Company, Thailand, the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Bad Toelz, West Germany, the now declassified Special Forces Unit Physical Security Support Element-Berlin, West Berlin, and the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Devens, MA, from which he retired in 1994. 

After retirement from the U.S. Army, Peter worked for the State of New Hampshire’s Forestry Service from 1995 to 2012. 

In retirement, Peter enjoyed hiking and exploring New England’s countryside during road trips. He was a life member of the Special Forces Association and the VFW. 

His numerous awards and decorations include the Silver Star w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC), the Legion of Merit, the Soldier’s Medal, the Bronze Star w/3 OLC and 2 Valor “V” Devices, the Purple Heart w/1 OLC, the Meritorious Service Medal w/1 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal w/3 OLC and 2 “V” Devices, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm and Silver Star, the Combat Medical Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Scuba Diver Badge, the Vietnamese Parachutist Badge, and the French Parachutist Badge. 

Peter is survived by his loving wife Charlotte Minor Vedel Holmberg and one son. 

An interim memorial service will be in Merrimack, NH, and burial service with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery will be announced. 

The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service Hillsboro, NH is assisting the family. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Special Forces Charitable Trust.

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  1. Andra Stone on November 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    So thankful got to spend a couple dinner meals with Peter and his wife and exchange Christmas gifts. I was amazed at all his awards while in the service…always what he wanted…..

  2. Tom Laronaga on November 26, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Can you even imagine a soldier other than Sgt York or Audie Murphy with so many medals and awards. It is very hard to imagine what Peter went through during his time in the service. He was certainly a credit to the Service and to American people everywhere.

  3. len cowling on May 12, 2020 at 10:21 am

    I had the pleasure to serve with Peter on the Mike Force, many operations together, great soldier and person. Len Cowling

  4. Chris McClure on March 13, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    I too served with Peter in the II Corps Mike Force, and he was an outstanding medic and soldier. His sense of humor was a major boost to the morale of all who served with him.