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USS HOPEWELL (DD-681)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NJUI

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - ALLGHENY

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Pedro. October 29 1942.
Launched May 2 1943 and commissioned September 30 1943.
Decommissioned January 15 1947, recommissioned March 28 1951.
Decommissioned January 2 1970.
Stricken January 2 1970.
Fate Sunk as target off California February 11 1972.

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Hopewell 169kPollard Hopewell entered the Navy as a Midshipman in June 1812, and reported to frigate Chesapeake 21 August. With a new crew Captain Lawrence put to sea to engage the crack British frigate Shannon 1 June 1913. Despite their captain's famous cry, "Don't give up the ship", the crew was overwhelmed and the ship taken. Midshipman Hopewell was among those killed, as was the gallant Lawrence. Photo #: NH 48251, Action between USS Chesapeake and HMS Shannon, 1 June 1813. Engraving by Henry Bryan Hall after a painting by Alonzo Chappel, published circa 1858 by Martin, Johnson & Company. Entitled "Death of Captain Lawrence", it depicts Captain James Lawrence, Commanding Officer of USS Chesapeake, being carried below after he had been mortally wounded early in the battle. His final command to Chesapeake's officers and crew was "Don't Give Up the Ship". Courtesy of Colonel J.R. Taylor, October 1938. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Hopewell 78kArtist's conception of the Hopewell 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
Hopewell 56kWar time image Undated. (Poor Quality But Good Image)Jon E. Miller
Hopewell 71kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Hopewell 190kUndated postcard view from San Diego of the USS Hopewell (DD-681), USS Wedderburn (DD-684), USS Kidd (DD-661) and the USS Uhlmann (DD-687).Tommy Trampp
Hopewell 100kThe launching - May 2 1943Cam Borruso EM2
Hopewell 71kUSS Hopewell (DD-681) in harbor, circa September 1943. Port broadside surface view, retouched by wartime censors to remove radar antennas atop the ship's foremast and Mark 37 gun director. She is painted overall dark grey, probably Camouflage Measure 21. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hopewell 141kPhoto #: NH 53565. USS Hopewell (DD-681) smoking amidships, just after she was hit by a Japanese shore battery shell while supporting minesweeping operations off Corregidor, in Manila Bay, Philippines, 14 February 1945. Her camouflage is Measure 31, Design 9d. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Hopewell 137kPhoto #: NH 44906. USS Hopewell (DD-681) damage from a Japanese shore battery shell that hit the ship amidships while she was supporting minesweeping operations off Corregidor, in Manila Bay, Philippines, 14 February 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Hopewell 128kOnboard the Hopewell after it was hit by Japanese artillery off Corregidor February 43. My father, Ed Fallon, is the one being interviewed by the other sailors, he received his second Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his actions during the attack.Brian Fallon
Hopewell 150kA series of three views from Mare Island of the damage the Hopwell received, taken on March 17 1945.Tracy White
Hopewell 199kAs above.Tracy White
Hopewell 131kAs above.Tracy White
Hopewell 76kBroadside view of USS Hopewell (DD 681) off Mare Island on 11 May 1945. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 17 Mar until 17 May 1945.Darryl Baker
Hopewell 145kAft plan view of USS Hopewell (DD 681) at Mare Island on 15 May 1945.Darryl Baker
Hopewell 97kNavy Photo 3582-45, forward plan view of USS Hopewell (DD 681) at Mare Island on 15 May 1945. ARD-32 with USS Adams (DM 27) docked within appears in the background.Darryl Baker
Hopewell 83kPhoto #: NH 99421. USS Hopewell (DD-681) raising her port anchor, off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 May 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Hopewell 101kPhoto #: NH 99422. USS Hopewell (DD-681) underway off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 May 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Hopewell 79kThe USS Hopewell (DD-681) as seen from the USS Los Angeles (CA-135) off Korea 24 September 1951. The Hopewell is still in her WWII configuration, except for her search lights and platform removed from her forward stack.Rick E. Davis
Hopewell 72kTwo photos of the USS Antietam (CV-36) alongside the stores ship USS Polaris (AF-11) and destroyer USS Hopewell (DD-681). These photos were likely taken during Antietam's only combat tour, to WestPac and Korea, Sep. 8, 1951 - May 2, 1952. Air Group was CVG-15, tail code "H."Robert M. Cieri
Hopewell 113kAs above.Robert M. Cieri
Hopewell 128kPhoto #: NH 99425. USS Hopewell (DD-681) underway, circa 1952, probably entering San Diego Harbor, California. Note that the ship has been converted to carry four 5"/38 guns and three 3"/50 twin gun mounts, but still has a World War II era air search radar antenna. This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was taken several years earlier. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Hopewell 79kPhoto #: NH 99423. USS Hopewell (DD-681) at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 4 June 1952. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Hopewell 120kPhoto #: NH 99424. USS Hopewell (DD-681) at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, 4 June 1952. Note the 26-foot motor whaleboat maneuvering off the ship's stern. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Hopewell 163kPhoto #: NH 91902. USS Hopewell (DD-681) underway, circa the later 1950s, after she had been refitted to carry four 5"/38 guns and three twin 3"/50" gun mounts. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Hopewell 155kUSS Hopewell (DD 681) circa 1958, place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Hopewell 148kPhoto #: NH 89658-KN. USS Hopewell (DD-681) underway during the 1960s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Hopewell 49kCirca 1960's.Marc Piché
Hopewell 173kJune 1960, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Hopewell 53kTwo views of the Hopewell as seen from the USS Ticonderoga during her 1963 WestPac cruise, 3 Jan-15 July.Sal Vacca
Hopewell 45kAs above.Sal Vacca
Hopewell 246kUSS Hopewell (DD-681) and USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) refueling from the USS Mattaponi (AO-41) on October 2, 1963. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.038.044Mike Green
Hopewell 71kPhoto #: KN-8731. USS Hopewell (DD-681) fires a three-gun salvo from her 5"/38 main battery, during exercises conducted for Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze, who was then on a tour of West Coast Navy and Marine Corps facilities, 16-18 December 1963. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Tony Cowart
Hopewell 82kSubic Bay, June 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Hopewell 67kSouth China Sea, December 1968Cam Borruso EM2
Hopewell 59kWestpac homecoming to San Diego Jun 9 1969Cam Borruso EM2
Hopewell 109kFrom the 68/69 Cruise BookCam Borruso EM2
Hopewell 44kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Hopewell 41kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS HOPEWELL DD-681 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Corbin Clark Schute    Sep 30 1943 - Sep 25 1944
CDR Warner S. Rodimon    Sep 25 1944 - Jun 9 1945 (Later RADM)
LCDR Richard Michael Hayes    Jun 9 1945 - Jan 15 1947
(Decommissioned Jan 15 1947 - Mar 28 1951)
LCDR John Frederic Felter    Mar 28 1951 - Apr 1952
CDR James Bertram Hildreth    Apr 1952 - Aug 4 1954 (Later RADM)
CDR Mark Martin Gantar    Aug 4 1954 - Aug 1956
CDR William Perkins Tyler    Aug 1956 - Jan 1958
CDR Raymond Lee Hoffman    Jan 1958 - Apr 1959
LCDR Robert Alfred Page    Apr 1959 - May 1959
CDR George Frank Silvani    May 1959 - Apr 1961
CDR Darrell Henry Zwemke    Apr 1961 - May 1963
CDR Robert Alvie Moore    May 1963 - Sep 16 1964
CDR Donald F. Milligan    Sep 16 1964 - Sep 1965
CDR Leonard Howard Nettnin    Sep 1965 - Mar 1968
CDR Russell Franklin Wilson    Mar 1968 - Oct 1969
CDR James Carl Froid    Oct 1969 - Jan 2 1970

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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E-mail: hopewell_dd681@hotmail.com
Next Reunion: 2010 in Nashville, TN

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.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Hopewell Website
DESRON 21 website
The Lost Submarine website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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