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USS HOVEY (DD-208 / DMS-11)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEPB

CLASS - CLEMSON
Basic repeat Wickes Class, with 35% more fuel capacity to improve endurance problems,
designed radius was 4900 nautical miles, at 15 knots.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x twin 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on September 7 1918.
Launched April 26 1919 and Commissioned October 2 1919.
Decommissioned February 1 1923, Recommissioned February 20 1930.
Reclassified High Speed Minesweeper DMS-11 November 19 1940.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Aircraft in Lingayen Gulf January 6 1945.
24 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Hovey 80kPhoto #: NH 48907. Ensign Charles E. Hovey, USN (1885-1911) photograph of a bas-relief portrait, made during the Nineteen "teens". Ensign Hovey, a 1907 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was killed in action at Lapurap, Basilan, Philippine Islands, on 24 September 1911. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Hovey 67kUndated, location unknown.Craig Moseley
Hovey 71kPhoto #: NH 53592. USS Hovey (Destroyer # 208) anchored off Pensacola, Florida, 15 November 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Hovey 71kPhoto #: NH 99641, Twin 4"/50 Gun Mount, view of the mount's breech end, showing the guns' breech blocks open, circa the 1920s. Location is probably on the midships starboard side of USS Hovey (DD-208) or USS Long (DD-209). Donation of Ronald W. Compton, from the collection of his grandfather, Chief Machinist's Mate William C. Carlson, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Hovey 132kUSS Hovey (DD-208) and USS Borie (DD-215) in Brest, France on Washington's birthday February 22 1920 from the Frederick Wood collection.Stanley Svec
Hovey 86kPhoto #: NH 99558. USS Hovey (DD-208) photographed during the 1930s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Hovey 59kPhoto #: NH 67662. USS Hovey (DD-208) underway in San Francisco Bay, California, during the 1930s. Note her dark smokestacks with broad light bands at the top, possibly special markings for an exercise. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Hovey 104kPhoto #: NH 99569. USS Hovey (DD-208) at Portland, Oregon, during the mid-1930s. Collection of Rear Admiral Elmer E. Duval, Sr., who was Hovey's Commanding Officer at the time. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Hovey 139kUSS Williamson (DD-244) and USS Hovey (DD-208) In the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, during the 1930s. Destroyers next astern appear to be USS Barry (DD-248) and USS Long (DD-209). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Hovey 142kUSS Maryland (BB-46), USS Hovey (DD-208) and USS Long (DD-209) ships listed left to right, in the Miraflores Lock, while transitting the Panama Canal during the annual inter-ocean movement of the U.S.Fleet, 24 April 1931. Note the twin 4"/50 gun mountings carried by Hovey and Long (USN photo No: 80-G-455918).Robert Hurst
Hovey 94kPhoto #: NH 99557, USS Hovey (DD-208) operating at sea, 1 September 1932. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Paul Rebold
Hovey 301kBalboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone. Aerial photograph taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Ships present include (left to right in lower left): USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Roper (DD-147); USS Hale (DD-133); USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Crowninshield (DD-134); USS Preble (DD-345); and USS William B. Preston (DD-344). (left to right in center): USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Sands (DD-243); USS Lawrence (DD-250); (unidentified destroyer); USS Detroit (CL-8), Flagship, Destroyers Battle Force; USS Fox (DD-234); USS Greer (DD-145); USS Barney (DD-149); USS Tarbell (DD-142); and USS Chicago (CA-29), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. (left to right across the top): USS Southard (DD-207); USS Chandler (DD-206); USS Farenholt (DD-332); USS Perry (DD-340); USS Wasmuth (DD-338); USS Trever (DD-339); USS Melville (AD-2); USS Truxtun (DD-229); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS MacLeish (DD-220); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS Hovey (DD-208); USS Long (DD-209); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Tracy (DD-214); USS Dahlgren (DD-187); USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Raleigh (CL-7), Flagship, Destroyers Scouting Force; USS Pruitt (DD-347); and USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156); USS Dallas (DD-199); (four unidentified destroyers); and USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fabio Peņa
Hovey 84kPhoto #: NH 99572. USS Hovey (DD-208) in Mare Island's dry dock #1 either between 5/4-6/12/35 or 10/8-10/14/36. Note the twin 4"/50 gun mount atop her midships deckhouse. Collection of Rear Admiral Elmer E. Duval, Sr., who was Hovey's Commanding Officer at the time. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Hovey 69kPhoto #: NH 99577, USS Hovey (DD-208) view of the ship's forecastle, during the mid-1930s, showing Union Jack flying, anchor gear, and open hatch to Chief Petty Officers' quarters. Collection of Rear Admiral Elmer E. Duval, Sr., who was Hovey's Commanding Officer at the time. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Hovey 57kPhoto #: NH 99578, USS Hovey (DD-208) view of port side of the pilot house, during the mid-1930s, showing Battle Efficiency "E" award and a life ring. Collection of Rear Admiral Elmer E. Duval, Sr., who was Hovey's Commanding Officer at the time. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Hovey 49kPhoto #: NH 99571, USS Hovey (DD-208) off the Taku Glacier, Alaska, during the mid-1930s. Collection of Rear Admiral Elmer E. Duval, Sr., who was Hovey's Commanding Officer at the time. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Hovey 73kPhoto #: NH 99573, USS Hovey (DD-208) view looking down from the foremast, showing the twin 4"/50 gun mounts atop her midships deckhouse, along with a loading practice machine (in the lower left), ready service ammunition stowage, and three of the ship's smokestacks. Taken during the mid-1930s. Collection of Rear Admiral Elmer E. Duval, Sr., who was Hovey's Commanding Officer at the time. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Hovey 71kPhoto #: NH 99574, USS Hovey (DD-208) view looking forward from the pilothouse, during the mid-1930s, showing the twin 4"/50 gun mount on her forecastle. Collection of Rear Admiral Elmer E. Duval, Sr., who was Hovey's Commanding Officer at the time. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Hovey 70kPhoto #: NH 99575, USS Hovey (DD-208) crewmen working on the ship's forward twin 4"/50 gun mount, during the 1930s. Collection of Rear Admiral Elmer E. Duval, Sr., who was Hovey's Commanding Officer at the time. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Hovey 73kPhoto #: NH 99579, USS Hovey (DD-208) ship's port propeller, taken in dry dock during the mid-1930s. Collection of Rear Admiral Elmer E. Duval, Sr., who was Hovey's Commanding Officer at the time. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Hovey 110kPhoto #: NH 84588. Destroyer Division 18 (DesDiv 18) Commanding Officers photographed circa the last part of 1935, possibly on board USS Southard (DD-207), which was DesDiv18 flagship at the time. Those present are (left to right, seated): Lieutenant Commander Dennis L. Ryan, Commanding Officer, USS Chandler (DD-206); Commander Carleton H. Wright, Commander DesDiv 18; and Lieutenant Commander William J. Morcott, Commanding Officer, USS Southard. (left to right, standing): Lieutenant Commander Earl E. Stone, Commanding Officer, USS Long (DD-209); and Lieutenant Commander Elmer E. DuVall, Jr., Commanding Officer, USS Hovey (DD-208). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Hovey 124kDestroyers moored at San Diego, California, prior to World War II. These ships are (from left to right): USS Barry (DD-248); USS Bainbridge (DD-246); USS Reuben James (DD-245); USS Williamson (DD-244); USS Fox (DD-234); USS Lawrence (DD-250); and USS Hovey (DD-208). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Hovey 75kPhoto #: NH 53593. USS Hovey (DD-208) stands by while a launch assists in recovering a ditched Grumman F3F fighter, 7 February 1938. The plane, marked "3-F-12", belonged to Fighting Squadron Three, based on USS Saratoga (CV-3). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Southard 165kShipyard view of the USS Southard (DD-207) at Mare Island on May 5 1938, the USS Hovey (DD-208) can be seen in the background. Source: San Francisco NARA, "Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence 1941-45"Tracy White
As DMS-11
Hovey 71kPhoto #: NH 99565. USS Hovey (DD-208) at Mare Island, May 20 1943.Gerd Matthes
Hovey 59kPhoto #: NH 99561. USS Hovey (DD-208) at Mare Island, May 20 1943.Gerd Matthes
Hovey 66kPhoto #: NH 99564. USS Hovey (DD-208) at Mare Island, May 26 1943.Gerd Matthes
Hovey 69kPhoto #: NH 99563. USS Hovey (DD-208) at Mare Island, May 26 1943.Gerd Matthes
Hovey 64kPhoto #: NH 99562. USS Hovey (DD-208) at Mare Island, May 26 1943.Gerd Matthes
Hovey 68kPhoto #: NH 99560. USS Hovey (DD-208) at Mare Island, June 7 1943.Gerd Matthes

USS HOVEY DD-208 / DMS-11 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Stephen Booth McKinney    Oct 2 1919 - Mar 18 1920
LCDR Joseph Mason Deem    Mar 18 1920 - ?
(Decommissioned Feb 1 1923 - Feb 20 1930)
CDR Stuart Osmond Greig    Feb 20 1930 - Jun 13 1931
LCDR Alfred Purl Haken Tawresy    Jun 13 1931 - ?
CDR Elmer Lee Woodside    ? 1934 - ?
LCDR Elmer Ellsworth DuVall Jr.    ? 1935 - ? (Later RADM)
LCDR Thomas Buchanan Dugan    ? 1938 - ?
LCDR Rufus Edwards Rose    ? 1939 - ? (Later VADM)
As the DMS-11
LCDR John Edwards Florance    ? 1940 - ? (Later RADM)
LCDR Wilton Stewart Heald    ? 1941 - Sep 21 1942
LCDR Edwin Anderson McDonald    Sep 21 1942 - Jan 24 1944
LCDR Asa Allan Clark III    Jan 24 1944 - Dec 22 1944
LT Ben Node Cole    Dec 22 1944 - Jan 7 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Hovey (DMS-11)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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