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Historyof USS Hollis

The ship was named for Ralph Hollis, born 10 September 1906in Crawfordsville,GA.  He served in enlisted status from 1923-26.  On21 November1934 he was appointed Ensign in the Naval Reserve and was called to activeduty in May 1941.  He reported to battleship Arizona in September and waskilled during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941.

The Hollis was first commissioned 24 January 1944 at Orange, TX. Shebecame a flagship for Pacific UDT forces.  On 1 September 1945she sailedinto Tokyo Bay to witness the formal surrender of the Japanese Empire. Hollis was decommissioned on 5 May 1947 at Green Cove Springs,FL and enteredthe Atlantic Reserve Fleet.  She received one battle star for World War IIservice

With the onslaught of the Korean conflict, Hollis was recommissioned6 April1951 and conducted training out of Norfolk, VA. The ship sailed from her homeport,Little Creek, VA
8 October and took part in amphibious exercises, antisubmarine training andmaneuvers.  In 1954 she took part in a North Atlantic cold weatherexercise of Labrador.  In 1955 her schedule included a month ofNROTCmidshipman training.

Hollis returned to Green Cove Springs, FL in July of 1956 and was decommissionedthere 16 October 1956.  She was berthed in Orange, TX as part of theAtlantic Reserve Fleet.  She had come full circle.

Sadly, Hollis was stricken from the NavyRegister on 15 September 1974and was sold on 1 July 1975.

USSHollis Reunion


1st Reunion 
Bar Harbor, ME August 1999


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Back Left: Lee Goodall, Harold Robbins, Donald Farley, Arnold Crone

Front Left: Vince DiBenedetto, Oliver Carter

2nd Reunion
Seabrook, NH August 2000

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Back Left: Donald Smeltzer, Arnold Crone,

Second Row: Lee Goodall, Vince DiBenedetto

Left Front: Walter Steeves, Jr., Oliver Carter, 
Harold Robbins

Crew Pictures Early 1950's