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USS Hollister (DD-788)

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USS Hollister (DD-788) was launched 9 October 1945 by Todd Shipyard, Seattle; sponsored by Mrs. Howard J. Hollister, mother of the three Hollister brothers; and commissioned 29 March 1946, Commander W. T. Samuels in command.

After shakedown along the California coast, USS Hollister (DD-788) departed San Diego 9 November 1946 for operations in the Far East. She arrived Shanghai, 1 December and later that month assisted the Korean Government in the prevention of smuggling. She continued operations in Far Eastern waters until returning to San Diego 22 June 1947. For the next 14 months USS Hollister (DD-788) engaged in training exercises and fleet maneuvers along the West Coast.

USS Hollister (DD-788) departed 1 September 1948 for her second deployment in the western Pacific where she joined the 7th Fleet on peacekeeping operations. She returned to Long Beach 24 April 1949 and operated in California waters until July 1950.

Immediately after Communist North Korea invaded South Korea in June 1950, the United States committed its military might to halting aggression. USS Hollister (DD-788) was among the first reinforcements rushed to the battle area, departing San Diego 5 July. The veteran ship operated out of San Diego until 21 July 1953 when she sailed for another Far Eastern tour. Hollister engaged in patrols both off Korea and Formosa to make clear America's objective of protecting her allies. After 6 months in this area USS Hollister (DD-788) returned home 19 February 1954.

USS Hollister (DD-788) departed 6 February 1960 for her 11th Western Pacific deployment and began patrol duty in the Formosa Straits. This tour of duty also saw her engaged in various antisubmarine warfare exercises with the Philippine Navy. She returned to San Diego 14 June to resume training and readiness operations. USS Hollister (DD-788) entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 15 March 1961 for FRAM (Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization) overhaul, remaining there through the end of the year for addition of a helicopter deck and hangar aft. After a 6-month repair and training period, Hollister left Long Beach 25 June for the Far East once again. Arriving 15 July, she screened carriers and prevented infiltration of supplies to the Viet Cong. USS Hollister (DD-788) remained in the Far East, where she was on station in May of 1967.

In the first half of 1964, USS Hollister (DD-788) engaged in antisubmarine exercises on the American West Coast. On 19 June, she departed Long Beach, Calif., with an antisubmarine group bound for Pearl Harbor, arriving 27 June. After a passage to Japan, she took up station for contingency operations in the South China Sea on 4 August, and received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for her patrol services off Vietnam. After continuing these operations intermittently until 17 November, USS Hollister (DD-788) began transit from Yokosuka, Japan, to Long Beach on 23 December, arriving 6 January 1965.