EDGAR A. HOLLISTER, CAPT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edgar Hollister '48

Date of birth: February 3, 1924

Date of death: October 25, 1952

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1948 Lucky Bag:

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain Edgar Allen Hollister (MCSN: 0-49340), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Pilot of a Plane in Marine Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE (VMA-121), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 27 October 1952. Leading a flight of attack planes on a vitally important mission to provide close air support for friendly front-line units, Captain Hollister promptly located the well-camouflaged objective in close proximity to friendly troops and initiated a dive-bombing assault in the face of intense and accurate enemy anti-aircraft fire. Realizing he was not in position to accurately release his bombs on the target, he fearlessly maneuvered his aircraft to an extremely low level through heavy enemy fire to carry out a second attack and scored direct hits that destroyed the hostile positions and inflicted heavy enemy casualties. Although painfully wounded when his plane was damaged by hostile fire, he remained over the target area to release his remaining ordnance and skillfully piloted his crippled aircraft into friendly territory. Fully aware of the extreme danger his uncontrolled aircraft would impose on friendly troops if he parachuted from his plane, he gallantly elected to attempt a crash landing in the hazardous terrain and guided the stricken plane over a cleared area where it went out of control and crashed. His superb airmanship, outstanding courage and self-sacrificing efforts reflect the highest credit upon Captain Hollister and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: October 27, 1952
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Captain
Company: Marine Attack Squadron 121 (VMA-121)

He is buried in Santa Barbara, CA.

Family

His wife, Marie, remarried and was later in the foreign service; she was murdered in her London flat in 1989. They had no children together.


Class of 1948

Edgar is one of 46 members of the Class of 1948 in Memorial Hall.