• Vietnam veteran and Blue Ox Millworks founder Eric Hollenbeck of Eureka, middle left, smiles after receiving the Humboldt Hero award for January as his wife Viviana, Pierre Carboneau, left, of American Veterans, and Scott Hammond of State Farm Insurance look on Friday afternoon in downtown Eureka. Hollenbeck was a radioman in the Army 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War from 1967-68. He and his company received three bronze stars and a play about his time in the war, “Radioman”, just concluded its run at Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake. (Shaun Walker — The Times-Standard)

  • This April 1968 file photo shows First Sergeant Watson Baldwin of A Company, 101st Airborne Division, guiding a medevac helicopter through the jungle foliage to pick up casualties suffered during a five-day patrol near Hue, Vietnam, April 1968. Eric Hollenbeck of Eureka is in the background next to Balwdin’s left hip, his radio antenna sticking into the air, in the famous photo. (AP Photo — Art Greenspon)

  • Eric Hollenbeck in his Army uniform on the day he got home from Vietnam in 1968. (Courtesy of Eric Hollenbeck)

  • First District Humboldt County Supervisor Rex Bohn receives a Good Neighbor award before Hollenbecks’s award on Friday. (Shaun Walker — The Times-Standard)


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