Rank at time of receipt: Captain, U.S. Army.
Unit: 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division.
Place and date: Northeast of Binarville, in the forest of Argonne, France, 2-October 8, 1918.
Entered service at: Santa Ana, California.
Authority: War Department General Order 11, 1921.
Captain Holderman commanded a company of a battalion which was cut off and surrounded by the enemy. He was wounded on 4, 5, and 7 October, but throughout the entire period, suffering great pain and subjected to fire of every character, he continued personally to lead and encourage the officers and men under his command with unflinching courage and with distinguished success. On 6 October, in a wounded condition, he rushed through enemy machinegun and shell fire and carried 2 wounded men to a place of safety.