Charles Holloway, PharmD, M.B.A., is honoring his wife, Delinda “Didi” Holloway. Both are employed at UF Health, having met as veterans while on deployment. Charles is an outpatient pharmacy manager and Didi is a surgical technician in the OR.
- Who: Didi Holloway
- Relationship: Wife
- Military branch: U.S. Army
- Active or veteran: Veteran
Was she called into combat? She was deployed twice: to Kuwait in 2003; and to the now infamous Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq in 2004-05.
Special awards received: Combat Action Badge for the Battle of Abu Ghraib, Expert Marksmanship Badge and Iraqi Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
What do you remember most about Didi’s service: We actually met during her second deployment to Abu Ghraib. When you are deployed, there isn’t much to do besides your job, working out at the gym and watching bootlegged movies. Didi was good friends with one of my technicians, so she came into my pharmacy often and I remember thinking she was absolutely adorable. My technician actually lied to both of us, saying that the other wanted to come over and watch movies.
Fifteen years and two kids later, I guess the rest is history.