Captain Neptune

The military nickname of US Naval submarine commander Bill Hollister (Tod Griffin) on the live Sunday night children’s sci-fi program OPERATION NEPTUNE/NBC/1953. Hollister was called “Captain Neptune” because of his vast experience in exploring the bottom of the sea. His submarine was called “The Neptune.”

Captain Neptune battled the evil Kebeda (Harold Conklin), a resident of the undersea kingdom of Nadiria (32,000 feet beneath the ocean) who was out to destroy the surface dwellers

Other cast members were Richard Holland as Captain Neptune’s young assistant Dink Saunders; Dehl Berti as Mersennus, Kebeda’s henchman; Rusty Lane as Admiral Bigelow, Margaret Stewart as Thirza; and Humphrey Davis as Trychus.

The sci-fi adventure series was created by Maurice Brockhauser. It ran from June 28 to August 16, 1953.

Note: In Roman mythology, Neptune was the God of water, later identified with Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.

The Normandy invasion of France on June 6, 1944 (a.k.a. “D-Day”) received the code name “Operation: Neptune” – the naval contribution of the overall campaign dubbed “Operation Overlord.”

According to The Early Eagle newsletter at (Issue 4:06 – Thursday, June 5, 2003) “Operation Neptune involved huge naval forces, including 6,939 vessels: 1213 naval combat ships, 4,126 landing ships and landing craft, 736 ancillary craft and 864 merchant vessels. Some 195,700 personnel were assigned to Operation Neptune: 52,889 US, 112,824 British, and 4988 from other Allied countries. By the end of 11 June, 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been landed on the beaches.”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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