Florida Fallen Stories

Photo courtesy of Mark Krancer

William Holland

Boy 2nd class, African American. Born in Ocala, Florida, September 17, 1898. Enlisted U.S. Coast Guard at Tampa on December 15, 1916. “Willie” lived with his parents, Henry, a butcher, and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Wilson Holland, and seven siblings, 2 brothers and 5 sisters, in Ocala, Florida in 1910. Six years later the Hollands resided at 1618 Governor Street, Tampa, before relocating to New Jersey. Willie’s older brother, Jerome, a married butcher in Jacksonville in 1917, was later drafted into the Army and served as a private in a quartermaster unit until his discharge in December 1918. Another brother, Henry Jr., born in 1896, served in the Army in 1918 at Camp Dix. (USCG Service Card)

William Holland was on board the USCGC Tampa. To read about the Tampa, please click here.