09/10/2009

Metropolitan Owners Club of North America Members Establish Sergeant James J. Holtom Memorial Scholarship with the Army Scholarship Foundation



The members of the Metropolitan Owners Club of North America have joined together to establish a scholarship with the Army Scholarship Foundation in the memory of Sergeant James J. Holtom of Rexburg, Idaho. Sergeant Holtom was assigned to Company A of the 321st Engineer Battalion when he was killed in action in Iraq in February 2007. The son of David and Reyne Holtom, Sergeant Holtom was also the elder brother of Ben, Lee, Jacob, Calvin, John, Anna and Laura Beth Holtom. Sergeant Holtom was a member of the Army Reserve, joining in 2003, and deploying to Iraq in September 2006.

James Holtom was born on January 30, 1985 in Waupaca, Wisconsin. In 1990, he and his family moved to Woonsocket, South Dakota and subsequently settled in Rexburg, Idaho where James grew up. James was a devoutly religious individual who was a member of Treasure Valley Baptist Church. He studied engineering at Boise State University. He was a dedicated non-commissioned officer and gifted leader, well respected by his soldiers. Following his tour of duty in Iraq, he planned to marry his fiancee Melissa.

The Metropolitan Owners Club of North America is an organization whose members are owners of the famous classic Metropolitan automobile. Club members joined together at their June 2009 International Meet to honor our servicemen and women and while there contributed to the establishment of the Sergeant James J. Holtom Memorial Scholarship. Friends of the Holtom family and others wishing to contribute to this scholarship fund may do so by contacting the Army Scholarship Foundation.

The Army Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2001 to provide scholarships to deserving sons and daughters of U.S. Army soldiers and Army veterans, and to spouses of enlisted active duty soldiers. The Foundation is sustained by the generous donations of its supporters. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to the Foundation at 6412 Brandon Avenue, Springfield, Virginia 22150 or can be made on line.