Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California from August 1959 to 1960, Comander Holly was assigned for two years as Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Locator (AGR6).
Following a three year tour as a Chemistry Instructor at the U.S.
Naval Academy from July 1962 to June 1965, Commander Holly was ordered to the U.S.S. Preston (DD795) for duty as Executive Officer.
From 12 January, 1967 to 31 December, 1968, Commander Holly served as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Savage (DER-386).
A twenty-nine month tour as Assistant Naval Operations Officer on the Joint Staff of the Commander in Chief Pacific, in Hawaii followed.
rank of Commander on 1 December, 1967 during that tour.
Commander Holly was then assigned as Commanding Officer U.S.S. Gurke (DD783).
next went to a staff billet in Hawaii, leaving the Gurke in November 1972.
Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm earned while he
was in command of the Savage.