WARMINSTER, PENNSYLVANIA-- Retired Lieutenant Thomas Hollis, a Philadelphia native, who just celebrated his 101 birthday, was honored on Sunday, November 15, by the Philadelphia Eagles during their home game against the Miami Dolphins. Lt. Hollis served in the Navy during World War II (WWII) on the U.S.S. Panamint in Okinawa, Japan.
Lt. Hollis, a resident at Ann's Choice Retirement Community, attended the game at Lincoln Financial Field with his son Tom Hollis and daughter Nancy Adamczyk, receiving a motorcycle escort by the Warrior's Watch Riders veterans support group. Described by all as a very humble man, Lt. Hollis said he was, "overwhelmed and felt honored," by the Eagles. "It was an exciting experience and this special recognition of my service was very humbling."
Lt. Hollis started his Naval Career as a second class Pharmacist Mate, due to his registered status after earning a pharmacist degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. After graduation, Lt. Hollis became a commissioned Ensign Officer, by graduating from the rigorous "90 Day Wonder" Midshipman's Officer's training school at Notre Dame.
In 1944, Lt. Hollis started service on the U.S.S. Panamint, the most advanced communications flagship of its time, as a communications and rear gunnery officer. During his service in WWII his ship endured two and a half months of kamikaze attacks in the Battle of Okinawa. Fortunately, the Panamint never suffered a scratch and was dubbed the "Lucky 13". As WWII neared a close, Lt. Hollis was the Officer on Deck who guided the Panamint through enemy waters when Japan finally surrendered in 1945.
After the war, Lt. Hollis was offered a promotion to Lt. Commander, which he turned down to return to his wife Eleanor in Philadelphia. Lt. Hollis continued to serve his country in the Navy Reserves until he retired in 1954. He moved to Ann's Choice from his Glenside home has three children, five grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.
Visit: http://navylog.navymemorial.org/story-month-september-2014 for additional information on Lt. Hollis' military career.
About Ann's Choice: Ann's Choice is one of eighteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in Warminster, Pennsylvania, the scenic 103-acre campus is home to more than 2,000 residents. Ann's Choice is the ideal greater Bucks County retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.