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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 06 May 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 16 August 1941. Ensign Hollis reported to battleship USS Arizona on the 18th of September 1941 and was promoted to the grade of Lieutenant,
junior grade on 15 November 1941. He was killed during the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor 07 December 1941. Under General Order 186 by the Secretary of the Navy he was posthumously
awarded the Purple Heart on 21 January 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
|52k||28 January 1944: the Gulf of Mexico - Port quarter view of USS Hollis (DE-794) near Houston, Texas, four days after being commissioned, in camouflage scheme 31/14D. The camouflage
scheme has used dull black (BK), Haze Gray (5-H).
(U.S. Navy photo #19-LCM-DE794-2 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md., courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|210k||06 April 1944: the Atlantic - USS Hollis (DE 794) is now in 31/14D off Newport, Rhode Island, using black and ocean gray. Hollis was participating
in sound testing in an effort to combat German acoustic homing torpedoes. There is a remnant of haze gray left on the stack; otherwise all of the haze gray has been repainted to ocean gray.
From 04 to 30 April, Hollis operated with AsDevLant in the Narragansett Bay area, conducting various FXR gear sonar tests, and testing various ASW attack procedures.
(U.S. Navy photo NARA #80-G-229730 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|View the USS Hollis (DE 794) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Hollis as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Hollis's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 24 Jan. 1944 - 16 Feb. 1945||Lcdr. Gordon Denslow Kissam, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 16 Feb. 1945 - .. .... 1946||Lcdr. Cyril Fox, USNR|
|3.) .. .... 1946 - .. Aug. 1946||Lt.(jg) Howard Harper Huth, USNR|
|4.) .. Aug. 1946 - 05 May 1947||Lt. Marion Spencer Evans (Decomm. CO) (Red Oak, Iowa)Decommissioned 05 May 1947 - 06 Apr. 1951|
|5.) ~1953||Lcdr. David Lavalle House Jr. (Greenville, Mo.)|
|6.) ~1954||Lcdr. Raymond Henry James Powell|
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