Hollister, Lyle, RM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1943, USS Plunkett (DD-431)
Service Years
1941 - 1942

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Sioux Falls

Date of Passing
Jan 25, 1945
Location of Interment
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Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial

The World War II Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial site in Italy covers 77 acres, rising in a gentle slope from a broad pool with an island and cenotaph flanked by groups of Italian cypress trees. Beyond the pool is the immense field of headstones of 7,861 of American military war dead, arranged in gentle arcs on broad green lawns beneath rows of Roman pines. The majority of these men died in the liberation of Sicily (July 10 to August 17, 1943); in the landings in the Salerno Area (September 9, 1943) and the heavy fighting northward; in the landings at Anzio Beach and expansion of the beachhead (January 22, 1944 to May 1944); and in air and naval support in the regions.

A wide central mall leads to the memorial, rich in works of art and architecture, expressing America's remembrance of the dead. It consists of a chapel to the south, a peristyle, and a map room to the north. On the white marble walls of the chapel are engraved the names of 3,095 of the missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. The map room contains a bronze relief map and four fresco maps depicting the military operations in Sicily and Italy. At each end of the memorial are ornamental Italian gardens.

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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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USS Prairie (AD-15)USS Relief (AH-1)USS Plunkett (DD-431)
  1941-1942, RM-0000, USS Prairie (AD-15)
  1941-1942, RM-0000, USS Relief (AH-1)
  1943-1943, USS Plunkett (DD-431)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Sicily Campaign (1943)
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