Lucius was still farming when he was drafted in November 1942. Trained and sent to England he was assigned to Headquarters 1st Battalion 116th Infantry. He participated in the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach with that unit. However, likely due to cross-leveling in the battalion to adjust for losses, he was transferred to C Company 116th Infantry on 14 Jun 1944 where he served as a BAR gunner (auto-rifleman). PFC Holston was killed in action on 1 Jul 1944.
PFC Holston is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.