John Holshouser


John Holshouser is self-employed as a farmer.


With the help of his wife, Martha, he maintains roughly 50 head of beef cattle on a 75-acre farm outside of Salisbury, NC.


John’s story began when he was serving our country in Vietnam. A rocket, that was designed to destroy everything within 75 feet, landed eight feet away from John.


After losing 24 pints of blood and suffering multiple physical injuries, it was determined that he would lose his left arm. John also sustained significant damage to his right arm.


After spending months in the hospital and rehab, he found his way home and was able to return to his roots of working on the family farm.


While John has the assistance of digital and traditional prosthetics available to him, he prefers to work with what God let him keep.


At 70 years old, John is still up every morning tending to his herd.

John repairs a hydraulic pump for his farm equipment

John repairs a hydraulic pump for his farm equipment.

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As a cattle farmer, John Holshouser owns many tall hay barrels, including this barrel next to him that surpasses this six-foot veteran in height.

As a cattle farmer, John Holshouser owns many tall hay barrels, including this barrel next to him that surpasses this six-foot veteran in height.

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John repairs a hydraulic pump for his farm equipment

Using what "God let him keep," John repairs a hydraulic pump used for his farm equipment.

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John loads a hay barrel onto his home-built hay hauler, which he designed and built as an accommodation to unload hay with only one arm.

John loads a hay barrel onto his home-built hay hauler, which he designed and built as an accommodation to unload hay with only one arm.

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John drives his tractor to spread hay for the cattle on his 75 acre farm.

John drives his tractor to spread hay for the cattle on his 75-acre farm.

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John hangs out in the cab of his tractor after he finishes a hard days work in his “office."

John hangs out in the cab of his tractor after he finishes a hard day's work in his “office."

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