b. 1846 London, England. d. 26/01/1912 Cleveland, Ohio.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 24/04/1862 Forts Jackson and St Philip, Louisiana.
Born in 1846, Hollat (real name George C. Holah) was living in New York when he joined the Navy. He served during the Civil War as a third class boy on the USS Varuna. At the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip near New Orleans on April 24, 1862, Varuna was rammed twice by the Confederate steamer CSS Governor Moore (formerly known as the Charles Morgan) and eventually sunk. Hollat “remained steadfast and courageous at his battle station” throughout the close-range fight. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor a year later on April 3, 1863, however his medal remained unclaimed and in the possession of the Department of the Navy as of 1898.
Hollat served as third class boy on board the U.S.S. Varuna during an attack on Forts Jackson and St. Philip, 24 April 1862. He rendered gallant service through the perilous action and remained steadfast and courageous at his battle station despite extremely heavy fire and the ramming of the Varuna by the rebel ship Morgan, continuing his efforts until his ship, repeatedly holed and fatally damaged, was beached and sunk.
BURIAL LOCATION: LAKE VIEW CEMETERY, CLEVELAND, OHIO.
SECTION 2, LOT 380-10.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER, WASHINGTON NAVY YARD, WASHINGTON DC.