Investigator Ralph Ackerman Holt

Investigator Ralph Ackerman Holt

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, October 25, 1963

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Ralph Ackerman Holt

Investigator Ralph Holt and Investigator Joe Cooper were shot and killed while serving a search warrant on the operator of a club in Bibb County, Alabama.

The operator was suspected of selling moonshine whiskey at the club on Pondville Road about six miles south of Brent, Alabama. The suspect opened fire on the agents with a .38 caliber handgun as they entered the front door of the business.

The suspect was shot and fatally wounded by other agents who were assisting with the raid.

Investigator Holt was a WWII veteran of the US Navy Air Corps. He had served with the Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and two children and was buried in Greenview Cemetery, Florence, Alabama.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Alabama
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

alcohol violation, search warrant

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Investigator Holt,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

October 25, 2023

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