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USS Hollis (LPR-86)
USS Hollis (APD-86) (1945 - 1969)
USS Hollis (DE-794) (1944 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Hotel - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 1 July 1943, as Hollis (DE-794), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp., Orange TX.
  • Launched, 11 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS Hollis (DE-794), 24 January 1944, LCDR. Gordon D. Kissam USNR in command
  • Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia PA.
  • Redesignated (APD-86), 24 January 1945
  • During World War II USS Hollis (DE-794 / APD-86) was assigned to the Atlantic, Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following campaign

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

  • Following World War II USS Hollis was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 3 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 5 May 1947, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 6 April 1951
  • Decommissioned, 16 October 1956, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport, Small (LPR-86), 1 January 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1974
  • USS Hollis earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 July 1975
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 192
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,216 Bbls
    Diesel 93 Bbls
    two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    Hollis 24k USS Hollis (APD-86) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Hollis 54k USS Hollis (APD-86) moored pierside, Norfolk, VA., circa 1951. Note the mattresses hanging on the ships railings. This was part of the normal weekly shipboard routine to "air bedding." George Panos, QMS2C USS Earle B. Hall
    Hollis 77k USS Hollis (APD-86) anchored at Guam, 27 September 1945 Cathy Petersen for James Ray Cannon USS William J. Pattison
    172k USS Hollis (APD-86) outbound to sea from Hampton Roads, date unknown. Darryl Baker

    USS Hollis (DE-793 / APD-86)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Kissam, Gordon Denslow, USNR24 January 1944 - 16 February 1944DE-793
    02LCDR. Fox, Cyril, USNR16 February 1944 - 7 January 1946DE-793 / APD-86
    03LTjg. Huth, Howard Harper, USNR7 January 1946 - 31 July 1946APD-86
    04LT. Evans, Marion Spencer, USN31 July 1946 - 5 May 1947APD-86
     Decommissioned5 May 1947 - 6 April 1951 
    05LCDR. House Jr., David Lavalle, USN (USNA 1942)1953APD-86
    06LCDR. Powell, Raymond Henry James1954APD-86
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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