Holloway Jr., James Lemuel, ADM

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111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Line Officer
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1957-1959, Commander Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic /Mediterranean (CINCNELM/COMNELM)
Service Years
1918 - 1959

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Bersley H. Thomas, Jr. (Tom), SMCS to remember Holloway Jr., James Lemuel (Lord Jim), ADM USN(Ret).

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Jan 11, 1984
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USS Iowa (BB-61)
Iowa Class Battleship: Displacement 45,000 Tons, Dimensions, 887' 3" (oa) x 108' 2" x 37' 9" (Max)Armament 9 x 16"/50 20 x 5"/38AA, 80 x 40mm 49 x 20mm, 3 AC. Armor, 12 1/8" Belt, 17" Turrets, 1 1/2" +6" +5/8" Decks, 17 1/4" Conning Tower. Machinery, 212,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws. Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1921. Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard, June 27, 1940. Launched August 27, 1942. Commissioned February 22, 1943. Decommissioned March 24, 1949. Recommissioned August 25, 1951. Decommissioned February 2, 1958. Recommissioned April 28, 1984. Decommissioned October 26, 1990. Stricken for disposal 12 January 1995 but retained as a parts source. Reinstated on the Naval Vessels Register and returned to reserve status 4 January 1999. Fate: Preserved as Memorial at 250 S Harbor Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90731

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Holloway assumed command of the battleship Iowa, flagship of Battleship Division 7, in November 1944. Under his command, Iowa took part in attacks on Luzon later that month, shooting down many enemy aircraft, and participated in strikes on the Japanese homeland from March to July 1945. For commanding Iowa during these operations, he received a Gold Star in lieu of a second Legion of Merit, with the following citation: "With his vessel operating as flagship of several important striking and covering forces...Holloway rendered distinguished service throughout the intensive actions and, by his brilliant leadership and outstanding skill, contributed materially to the extensive and costly damage inflicted on the enemy."[1][8][9]

Holloway operated his battleship with characteristic flair, recalled Rear Admiral Ralph Kirk James, who had been the maintenance officer responsible for repair work on damaged ships at Manus when Iowa arrived at that base to fix shafting problems on December 25, 1944. "Jimmy Holloway was charging up the harbor with this big battleship, the biggest I'd seen, and I was getting more and more nervous." Alarmed, James warned Holloway to reduce his speed before entering the drydock. "'Oh no,' [Holloway] said...He got the ship just about halfway into the dry dock when he ordered full speed astern. The Iowa shook like a damned destroyer and stopped just where she was supposed to be." Unfortunately, the backwash from the engine reversal swept away the drydock support blocks from underneath the ship, and James and his crew had to spend an extra three hours resetting the blocks before Iowa could dock. Afterward, James discovered a grey streak in his hair. "I can tell you the moment it was born: when Holloway pulled his high-speed throttle-jockey stunt on me."

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19 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Iowa (BB-61)

SWANSON, Dr. Clifford, RADM, (1925-1952) Captain
Larson, Fred, CDR, (1936-1945) Lieutenant
Scavone, Dominick, PO3, (1942-1945) Petty Officer Third Class
Truitt, James, SN Seaman
Rodgers, Rufus, S2c, (1943-1946) Seaman Apprentice
Hustvedt, Olaf Mandt, VADM, (1909-1946) OFF Rear Admiral Upper Half
McCann, Allan Rockwell, VADM, (1917-1950) OFF Rear Admiral Upper Half
McCrea, John Livingstone, VADM, (1911-1953) OFF 111X Captain
Abbott, Clark Tait, CAPT, (1931-1954) OFF 310X Commander
McGillicuddy, Terry, CAPT, (1940-1971) OFF 144X Lieutenant Commander
Sexton, Lewie Tom, PO1, (1942-1964) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Lewis, Robert C., PO3, (1945-1947) FC FC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Seidl, Hilary, PO3, (1943-1946) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
WALBORN, DONALD, PO3, (1942-1945) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945) BM Seaman 1st Class
Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945) BM BM-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Russo, Francis, S1c, (1940-1945) SN SN-9700 Seaman 1st Class
Scherman, Ernest, CMC, (1942-1990) BM BM-0000 Seaman
Moore, Jr., Albert J., FN, (1943-1946) BT BT-0000 Fireman
Sappey, Robert, FN, (1945-1946) FN FN-0000 Fireman

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