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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1917 1
New York 1
Death:
09 Feb 1945 2
Philippines 2
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Person:
Hollister G de Motts 1
Level of Education: 4 years of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1917 1
New York 1
Death:
09 Feb 1945 2
Philippines 2
Cause: KIA 2
Residence:
Place: Sheboygan County, Wisconsin 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
19 Jan 1942 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Serial Number:
16009051 1
Enlistment Place:
Milwaukee Wisconsin 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Enlisted Man, Regular Army, within 3 months of Discharge or former WAAC Auxiliary 1
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Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0206 1
Film Reel Number: 2.63 1

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Military Service

1st  Lieutenant Hollister G. DeMotts served as a liaison pilot with the 121st Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division. He was killed in action on 9 February 1945. 

First Silver Star Citation

Philippines

First Lieutenant HOLLISTER G. DEMOTTS, 02036472, Field Artillery, United States Army. For gallantry in action between Palo and Pinamopoan, Leyte, Philippine Islands, from 23 October to 17 November 1944. During this period Lieutenant DeMotts voluntarily made flights as liaison pilot over enemy territory in which enemy Zero pilots were active and enemy ground fire was directed at our planes when they were over enemy territory, despite his awareness of the fact that liaison planes are slow, unarmed, unarmored, extremely vulnerable, and not ordinarily intended for such flights. On one of these flights his plane was hit by enemy ground fire, finally being forced down behind our lines. Lieutenant DeMotts' unusual courage and willingness to risk his life to meet military necessities are worthy of the highest traditions of military service.

Second Silver Star Citation

Philippines

First Lieutenant HOLLISTER G. DEMOTTS, 02036472, Field Artillery, United States Army. For gallantry in action at Luzon, Philippine Islands, between Olongapo and Dinalupihan, from 1 February to 9 February 1945. During this period Lieutenant DeMotts voluntarily made flights in liaison plane over enemy territory from which enemy ground fire was directed at our planes,  despite his awareness of the fact that liaison planes are slow, unarmed, unarmored, extremely vulnerable, and not ordinarily intended for such flights. While adjusting the fire of his battalion on an enemy strong point which was holding up the advance of our forces, he was shot down by enemy ground fire. Lieutenant De Motts' devotion to duty and outstanding courage reflect the highest credit upon himself and his military service.

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