JOHN C. HOLLINGSWORTH, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Hollingsworth '31

Date of birth: September 12, 1909

Date of death: November 16, 1944

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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John was lost when USS Scamp (SS 277) was sunk, possibly by a Japanese surface craft or mine, south of Tokyo Bay, probably on November 16, 1944. He was the boat's commanding officer.

He has a memory marker in Hawaii. His wife was listed as next of kin.

Career

From Fleet Organization:

  • Duty Submarine Base Coco Solo 1 Jul 1939 - 1 Jul 1940
  • Executive Officer USS Triton (SS-201) 30 Sep 1940 - Mar 1942
  • Executive Officer USS Peto (SS-265)
  • Captain USS Scamp (SS-277) Feb 1944 - Nov 1944

In April 1942 he was engineering officer aboard Thomas Jefferson. The ship had been briefly taken into service, outfitted with a pair of 20mm guns, and sent with various cargos to the Philippines. The voyage was short, however, as it was cancelled at Midway. After returning to Pearl Harbor, the ship picked up John's wife and the wife of the commanding officer before sailing for San Francisco. Upon reaching San Francisco the ship was returned to the War Shipping Administration and John (and all other officers & crew) transferred.

He was promoted to Lieutenant (j.g.) on 4 Jun 1934; to Lieutenant on 1 Jul 1939; to Lieutenant Commander (T) on 15 Jun 1942; and to Commander (T) 1 Nov 1942

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Commander [then Lieutenant] John Christie Hollingsworth (NSN: 0-70037), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Executive Officer and Assistant Approach Officer of the U.S.S. TRITON (SS-201), during the SECOND War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy Japanese-controlled waters of the East China Sea, from 25 January to 19 March 1942. Through his excellent judgment and thorough knowledge of attack problems, Commander Hollingsworth materially assisted his Commanding Officer in conducting four successful torpedo attacks which, despite intensive hostile aircraft anti-submarine patrols and adverse weather conditions, resulted in the sinking of two enemy ships totaling 12,000 tons and in the damaging of two more totaling 15,000 tons. His courage and devotion to duty throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Board Serial 0433 (February 10, 1948)
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Commander John Christie Hollingsworth (NSN: 0-70037), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SCAMP (SS-277), during the SEVENTH War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy Japanese-controlled waters, from 3 March to 22 April 1944. When his vessel was bombed on 7 April by an enemy float plane while trying to send a contact report of a hostile task force, Commander Hollingsworth directed emergency repairs on his ship in the face of dense phenolic smoke from fire in the main control cubicle to render his vessel capable of escaping from the area and returning to port. His leadership, courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Commander Hollingsworth is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

General Orders: Pacific Fleet Board of Awards: Serial 73 (September 3, 1944)
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander

Other

His widow, Irene, sponsored USS Scamp (SSN 588), which was commissioned in 1961.


Class of 1931

John is one of 50 members of the Class of 1931 in Memorial Hall.