Hollister, Lyle Eugene, RM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1944, RM-0000, USS Plunkett (DD-431)
Service Years
1941 - 1944

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Sioux Falls, SD
Last Address
Sioux Falls, SD

Casualty Date
Jan 25, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Other Explosive Device
Mediterranean Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Prairie (AD-15)USS Plunkett (DD-431)USS Relief (AH-1)Advancement Schools and Courses
  1941-1941, AS-0000, USS Prairie (AD-15)
  1941-1941, S2c-0000, USS Plunkett (DD-431)
  1941-1941, S2c-0000, USS Relief (AH-1)
  1941-1942, S2c-0000, USS Plunkett (DD-431)
  1942-1942, S2c-0000, (RM) Radioman A School
  1942-1944, RM-0000, USS Plunkett (DD-431)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Operation Torch/Naval Battle of Casablanca
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 25, 1941, Promoted to S2c
  Aug 01, 1942, Promoted to S1c
  Feb 01, 1943, Promoted to RM3
  Nov 01, 1943, Promoted to RM2
  Oct 09, 1945, Hollister (DD-788) was launched, Seattle2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

North Africa–Naples convoys, interspersed with fire support missions, continued until 21 January 1944 for USS Plunkett (DD-431) when she sailed to escort the follow-up assault group to Cape Anzio. After delivering the craft, she remained in the area to screen the transports. On 24 January she fell victim to one of the numerous air attacks which, previously, she had helped to drive off. At 17:38 condition red was sounded. A few minutes later the attack was launched with two glider bombs coming in on the port beam, and two Ju 88s closing in from up ahead. Speed was increased; maneuvering was radical. The glider bombs finally dropped, at 200 yards distance, but more planes had joined the foray to commence a sustained 17 minute battle. It ended at 17:57 as Plunkett took a 550 lb bomb and caught fire. The bomb killed 23, left 28 missing, with as many, and more, wounded, and caused extensive damage to her fire control apparatus, armament, and port engine. By 18:21, all fires were out and the destroyer proceeded, on one engine, to Palermo.

RM2 Hollister was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 3288938

The three Hollister brothers were sailors in the United States Navy during World War II, who were killed in 1943. Unlike the Sullivan brothers, they were not all in the same unit. Lyle Eugene Hollister, born 6 July 1923 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, enlisted in the Navy 26 March 1941 at Minneapolis, Minn. Radioman Second Class Hollister first served in Prairie (AD-15) before being assigned to Plunkett (DD-431) and Relief (AH-1). After duty at the Naval Station, Key West, Fl., Hollister was reassigned to Plunkett. He was reported missing in action as result of an engagement of Plunkett with enemy aircraft during the assault on Anzio, September 1943. Two years younger than their brother, Lyle, twins William Howard Hollister and Richard Jerome Hollister were born 22 November 1925 at Sioux Falls, S. Dak. They enlisted in the Navy 2 March 1943 at Minneapolis. Both were serving in Liscome Bay (CVE-56) when that carrier was torpedoed in the Gilbert Islands area 24 November 1943. William died from wounds received in this action; Richard was reported missing and presumed dead. All three brothers were posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. In 1945, the destroyer USS Hollister (DD-788) was named in their honor.
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