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  • United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis
  • United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis
  • United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis
  • United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis
  • United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis
  • United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis
  • United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis
  • United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis
  • United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis
  • United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis
  • United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis

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United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis

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United States. An Army DSM with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General Harris Whitton Hollis

An Army Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster to Major General (later Lieutenant General) Harris Whitton Hollis, United States Army in Vietnam; Army Distinguished Service Medal: bronze gilt with navy blue enamels, engraved "H W Hollis" on the reverse, 38.3 mm, oak leaf cluster affixed to the original ribbon with brooch pinback, intact enamels, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 25th Infantry Division "Tropic Lightning" Patch (red and yellow embroidery, 46 mm (w) x 73 mm (h)); along with two Award Documents: Army Distinguished Service Medal Award Document (gold embossed eagle coat-of-arms at the top, text in black ink, inscribed "The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, has awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) to MAJOR GENERAL HARRIS W. HOLLIS UNITED STATES ARMY for exceptionally meritorious service in positions of great responsibility: Major General Harris W. Harris, United States Army, distinguished himself by eminently meritorious service in successive assignments during the period November 1968 through March 1970 as Deputy Commanding General, 1st Field Force, Vietnam, Commanding General, 9th Infantry Division, and Commanding General, 25th Infantry Division. He discharged his duties in each of these three varied assignments with skill, dedication, and distinction. As Deputy Commanding General, 1st Field Force, Vietnam, General Hollis focused his efforts and energies primarily upon the comprehensive task of assisting the Government of Vietnam's effort to improve the effectiveness of its Territorial Security Forces. As Commanding General of the 9th Infantry Division, his tactful persuasiveness with senior Vietnamese military leaders in the Delta and his outstanding example of leadership were major factors in bringing the regular forces and the Territorial Forces of the Government of Vietnam to a level of confidence and proficiency which permitted the withdrawal of a major portion of the 9th Infantry Division from the Delta and the transfer to Vietnamese forces the responsibility for prosecution of the war in that area. As Commanding General, 25th Infantry Division, General Hollis was responsible for the development and highly successful application of new tactics against the enemy. His persistence in effecting consistently successful utilization of these concepts significantly advanced the prospects for peace in Vietnam. His interest and guidance in the civic action and psychological aspects of military operations have combined the military and civilian effort in securing and developing the 25th Infantry Division tactical area of interest. General Hollis' keen and imaginative interest in the morale and welfare of the 25th Division soldier was reflected by significant achievements in educational, recreational, and individual service programs. His innovations and leadership have honed the 25th Infantry Division to its greatest effectiveness. General Hollis' outstanding service to the United States Army and to the American people is in keeping with the highest tradition of the military service, and reflects great credit on him and the United States Army.", embossed gold foil seal marked "OFFICIAL / OFFICE OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL / U.S. ARMY" at the lower left, on a thick off-white paper stock, 266 mm (w) x 203 mm (h)); and City of Montgomery Honorary Citizen Award Document (inscribed "The City of Montgomery / Be it hereby known that LTG Harris W Hollis has been awarded the status of Honorary Citizen of Montgomery, Alabama and in recognition thereof has been presented with this certificate of Citizenship / Given under my hand this the 13th day of April '73 / Jim Robinson / Mayor", City of Montgomery embossed gold foil seal with red and blue ribbons at the lower left, printed in blue and black ink, on a thick light brown paper stock, 277 mm (w) x 215 mm (h)). 


Footnote: Harris Whitton Hollis born on June 25, 1919. He commanded the 1st Field Force, the 9th Infantry Division and the 25th Infantry Division

during the Vietnam War. In the rank of Brigadier General, Hollis was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for actions during the Vietnam War, between July 1967 and September 1968, the citation reading "The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to (ASN: 0-53724), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility, during the period from July 1967 through September 1968.", by General Orders No. 80 on Department of the Army, on December 16, 1968. In the rank of Major General, Hollis was later awarded the First Oak Leaf Cluster to the medal for actions during the Vietnam War, between November 1968 and March 1970, as evidenced by the Army Distinguished Service Medal Award Document presented here. Upon departing Vietnam in March 1970, Hollis bid a fond farewell to the troops: "The time has come for me to go. I leave to you and to your new commander, work yet to be done. You have made a magnificent contribution during our association together, and as a consequence we see the beginning of better times for the people of this region. Your conduct in this war has been inspiring to me. You have displayed honor and courage, compassion and charity, and unfailing good humor. Your character, aspirations and individual guts testify to the fact that you are men, not children. You have not sucked your thumbs nor shirked your responsibilities as citizens. You have come to Vietnam and you have served. For this you will be better men - more vigorous and confident in the uncertain years ahead. I am proud to have served as your division commander. May God go with you. May an honorable peace follow you." He later served with the United States Army in Europe, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel in Heidelburg, Germany and was then promoted to Lieutenant General, serving as the United States representative to the Permanent Military Deputies Group, Central Treaty Organization (CENTO), in Ankara, Turkey. He was married to Anna Airheart Hollis (1921-1999). Lieutenant General Harris Whitton Hollisdied on March 21, 1999 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, Plot: 4, 0, 3238-A.
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