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|35k||Born 10 September 1906 in Crawfordsville, Ga., Ralph Hollis graduated from Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Ga. in 1923. He served in enlisted status 1923-26 in the Navy. For seven years he worked as a Driver-Pump Operator for the Palm Beach Fire Department from 1926 to 1933. For the next eight years he was a Lieutenant with the Palm Beach Police department in charge of radio communications for both Palm Beach P.D. and West Palm P.D. He applied and was appointed Ensign in the Naval Reserve 21 November 1934 and was called to active duty in May 1941. On May 6, 1941 he was sent to Post Graduate School at the United States Naval Academy for training in a Special Course in Communications. He completed the course on August 16, 1941. Ensign Hollis reported to battleship USS Arizona on the 18th of September 1941 and was promoted to the grade of Lieutenant (J.G.) on 15 November 1941. He was killed during the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941. Under General Order 186 by the Secretary of the Navy he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart on January 21, 1943. His other awards included the American Defense Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal posthumously awarded on 24 April 1947. Over his gallant ship, USS Arizona, now stands a monument to men like Ensign Hollis who died on board that fateful morning.
USS Hollis (DE 794) (1944-1956) was the first ship to be named in his honor
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