Private Hollet
Rank Presumed Private
Affiliations United States Army 2nd Ranger Battalion, C Company
Death June 6, 1944, Normandy, France

Hollet was a soldier serving in the 2nd Rangers Battalion of the United States Army during World War Two.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Hollet's assigned unit was Company C led by Captain John H. Miller. On D-Day, June 6th,1944, Hollet would land on Omaha Beach with Charlie Company of the 2nd Rangers Battalion. Riding aboard the landing craft with the rest of his company as they neared the beach, Hollet could only hunker down against the waves sending up cold sprays of water over the sides of the landing craft and listen in fear to the whistle of artillery shells crashing into the water.

The German MG-42s in the coastal bunkers immediately opened fire on the first landing crafts to reach the beach. Hollet's landing craft was still in some meters from the beach in a section of deep water when it came under assault from German machine gun and mortar fire. Unable to clear the landing ramp, Captain Miller shouted a hurried order for his company to jump over the side of the craft to avoid the onslaught. Hollet with the other members of his company was able to haul himself over the side and drop into the water where he sank several meters to the floor of the Channel.

However, he could not elude the enemy fire from above. As he worked to free himself from the weight of his gear, Hollet fell victim to stray machine gun bullets that ripped beneath the surface of the water, killing both him and another fellow soldier instantly.

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