Paul Zepp Hollenbach was born on October 17, 1919 youngest son of Mrs. Elsie Wonnberger by her first marriage. He grew up in Queens, New York and attended the Good Shepherd Church School and was confirmed as a Lutheran on Easter Sunday March 28, 1937.
In 1940, Hollenbach enlisted in the U. S. Navy serial number 2239621, the first member of his church to do so during World War II. He was trained in Newport, Rhode Island and San Diego, California then assigned duty aboard USS Arizona BB-39 stationed at Pearl Harbor on Oahu in Hawaii. He was further trained as a radio operator with the rank of Seaman 1st Class.
On the morning of December 7, 1941 Hollenbach was aboard USS Arizona BB-39 when the vessel was attacked by Japanese aircraft and at 8:06 an armor piercing bomb penetrated the vessel and exploded the forward magazine and cause the ship to sink. Hollenbach was among the 1,177 Arizona crew members who went missing and died in the explosion and sinking. Afterwards, he was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA) and later his status was changed to Killed In Action (KIA).
After being reported as missing, a memorial service was held at Good Shepherd Church School on January 30, 1942. Hollenbach was officially declared dead December 7, 1941 and remains listed as Missing In Action (MIA). He is memorialized on the USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on the courts of the missing, court 3.
Frank Jacob Hollenbach (brother) born December 20, 1916. Enlisted in the U. S. Army in July 1942 and served in France and was wounded in combat by a grenade that exploded while he was in a truck. Postwar he was an engineer and had his own company. He died in May 28, 2002. He is buried at Kresgeville Cemetery in Kresgeville, PA.
Robert Zepp Hollenbach (brother) born March 26, 1918. Enlisted in the U. S. Army in June 1944 and served in a bomb sight maintenance unit. He served in the occupation of Japan. He passed away December 13, 2002. He is buried at Hatfield Cemetery in Hatfield, PA.
Mary Wonnberger Fusco (sister)
Paul Hollenbach Sr. (father) died of cancer
Frederick Wonnberger (step-father)
Elsie Zepp Wonnberger (mother)
World War II 1941-1945 Honor Roll and Memorial - Good Shepherd Gold Stars - Paul Zepp Hollenbach
World War II 1941-1945 Honor Roll and Memorial - Good Shepherd Gold Stars - Frank Hollenbach and Robert Hollenbach
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Paul Z. Hollenbach
FindAGrave - Paul Zepp Hollenbach (USS Arizona Memorial photo)
FindAGrave - S1 Paul Z Hollenbach (courts of the missing photo)
Lowell Sun "Obituary Robert Zepp Hollenbach" December 28, 2002
FindAGrave - Frank J. Hollenbach (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Robert Z Hollenbach (grave photo)
75th Anniversary of Pearl Habor - A Name on the Memorial Wall by Justin Taylan December 7, 2016
Thanks to Carl R. Thien for additional information
Thanks to Jana Churchwell and Jennifer Morrison for genealogical research