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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Bethlehem Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco.June 30 1941.
Launched June 4 1942 and commissioned November 18 1942.
The launching of the Hobby appears in the movie Destroyer
starring Edward G. Robinson under the stage name USS John Paul Jones.
Decommissioned February 1 1946.
Stricken July 1 1971.
Fate Sunk as target 80 miles east of Norfolk, at 36° 55' N, 74° 43' W in 1,580 fathoms, June 28 1972.

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Hobby 116kJames H. Hobby was born 27 April 1835, at New Boston, Hillsborough County, N.H. Appointed 3d Assistant Engineer 1848, he resigned 21 June 1855 but was re-appointed 2d Assistant Engineer 4 June 1861 and served with distinction throughout the Civil War. As 1st Assistant Engineer of Sassacus, Hobby participated in an engagement with the Confederate ships Bombshell and Albemarle in Albemarle Sound 5 May 1864. Although fearfully scalded when a shot from Albemarle cut Sassacus's steam pipes, Engineer Hobby remained at his post to control the engines, thus enabling the vessel to retire successfully from the action and preventing an explosion. When Sassacus was out of danger, the badly-wounded engineer was carried to the deck for medical attention. For his heroism Hobby was promoted 30 numbers in grade. He was placed on the retired list 19 October 1870 and died 17 November 1882. Photo #: NH 59162. "The Steamship 'Sassacus' Ramming The Rebel Ram 'Albemarle'" engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 4 June 1864, depicting USS Sassacus ramming CSS Albemarle, during the Confederate ironclad's engagement with U.S. Navy gunboats in Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, 5 May 1864. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Hobby 82kArtist's conception of the Hobby as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Hobby 70kUndated image of the USS Hobby (DD-610) and The Sullivans (DD-537) foreground. In the background can be seen two unidentified US destroyers whilst the hospital ship USS Bountiful (AH-9) received casualties from the carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17). Photos from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
Hobby 183kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Hobby 13k"Early" photo of the Hobby, probably between the time of her launching & her commissioning. This is off the west coast, probably during her shakedown trials, after she was outfitted.Arthur M. Habel FCR 2/c
Hobby 11kDifferent view taken the same time frame as the above photo.Arthur M. Habel FCR 2/c
Hobby 94kUSS Hobby (DD-610) underway off San Francisco, California on 26 January 1943. Phographed by Mare Island Navy Yard. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107214.Robert Hurst
Hobby 78kUSS Hobby (DD-610) off Mare Island Navy Yard on January 26, 1943. Source: United States National Archives.Mike Green
Hobby 87kUSS Welles (DD-628), USS Gillespie (DD-609), USS Hobby (DD-610) and USS Kalk (DD-611) in Norfolk for New Year's 1944.John Chiquoine
Hobby 67kView of HOBBY in a New Guinea amphibious campaign, 1944, from GILLESPIE, NARA SC264425.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Hobby 19kHobby while she was participating in the Navy Day Celebration in New York Harbor. Note "HOBBY" painted at midship, this was so spectators could know who she was. This was October 27, 1945.Arthur M. Habel FCR 2/c
Hobby 69kViewed from the Cooper River bridge in Charleston, SC, on November 3 1945 as she headed for decomissioning. This and the next photo were distributed to the crew with these images being from Gary's father.Gary Edmisten
Hobby 71kAs above.Gary Edmisten
Hobby 78kUSS Gansevoort (DD-608) and USS Hobby (DD-610) in Charleston, SC during 1946.Ron Reeves
Hobby 66kUSS Hobby is the near ship in this Wando River Nest, Winter, 1946. USS Isherwood (DD-520) is on the far side. Photo by Bill Sulzer, DD573.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Hobby 174kLeft-to-right are USS Parker (DD-604), USS Meade (DD-602), USS Ordronaux (DD-617), and USS Hobby (DD-610) as seen in a 1970 nest at the Orange, Texas Inactive Ship Facility. This is an incidental view to a series of photos of USS Hobby's first reunion, with an uncommon chance of all four wearing the larger bow numerals. Photo is by Joe Buya, courtesy of Ray and Betty Simons.John Chiquoine
Hobby 151kUSS Hobby tied up with YR26 prior to her being expended as a target, 1971 or 1972.John Chiquoine
Hobby 277kThis is a 1970 view of the WWII shipmates of USS Hobby, on the occasion of their first reunion and held at the Orange, Texas Inactive Ship yard. Photo is by Joe Buya, courtesy of Ray and Betty Simons.John Chiquoine
Hobby 52kAt the Orange, Texas Inactive Ship Yard.Ron Reeves
Hobby 81kShip's patch. Collection of Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN (Ret.).Mike Smolinski
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USS HOBBY DD-610 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Ernest Blake    Nov 18 1942 - Oct 24 1943 (Later RADM)

CDR George Washington Pressey    Oct 24 1943 - Jan 27 1945 (Later RADM)

LCDR Charles O'Neal Akers    Jan 27 1945 - Feb 1 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Gary Edmisten
Address: 300 Oak Ridge Ct., Swansboro, NC 28584
Phone: (901)325-3644
Next reunion: Mobile, Alabama, September 10-14, 2019

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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