Kent Dunngington Hollen – Major, United States Marine Corps

From a contemporary press report:

Kent Dunnington Hollen, 73, a retired Marine Corps Major who worked for the Maryland Attorney General and was active in Republican politics, died of a brain tumor January 31, 2003, at the Casey House hospice. He lived in Kensington and Clearwater, Florida.

Major Hollen, a West Virginia native, was a chemistry graduate of the University of Louisville and received a master's degree in international commerce from George Washington University.  While at the University of Louisville he served in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Program from 1948 to 1951 and in 1951 was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

He served in Korea during the Korean War and also served in Vietnam, where he was a Battalion Executive Officer and a Divisional Air Observer. He received a Purple Heart during his Vietnam War service.

He served as a Provost Marshal at Parris Island, South Carolina, and a warfare instructor at Quantico before retiring from active duty in 1970.

A certified financial planner, he was a Vice President with American Financial Services in Silver Spring before joining the office of the Maryland Attorney General in 1991. He was a senior investment examiner in the securities division before retiring again in 2000.

Major Hollen, who served on the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee from 1986 to 1994, was a Republican precinct school dean and a party precinct chairman in Garrett Park. He had been active in campaigns for County Council member Howard A. Denis (R-Potomac-Bethesda) and Representative Constance A. Morella (R-Maryland).

He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, the Shakespeare Theater Guild, the John Carroll Society and the D.C. Marine Heritage Foundation. He acted in drama and musical productions and sang tenor in his church choir.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Lorraine Rooks “Lonnie” Hollen of Kensington; a son, Greg, of Dallas; three daughters, Marilynn Fuhrmeister of Arlington, Dana Taylor of Buffalo and Lorraine Cary of Decatur, Georgia; and five grandchildren.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 06/05/1951 – 07/01/1971
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 02/09/1929
  • DATE OF DEATH: 01/31/2003
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 02/25/2003

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