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USS Hooper (DE 1026)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - K - P - U
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Michigan Valley"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: National Defense Service Medal
Second Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


"Sans Peur"
(Without Fear)
Specifications:
Class: Courtney
Type: SCB No. 72 / 1954 - 55
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 1,314 tons (light), 1,877 tons (full)
Length: 308' (wl), 314' 6" (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 19' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 De Laval geared turbine; 20,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 26 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Complement: 12 / 161
Guns: 4 - 3"/50 (76mm) Mk33 Guns (2x2)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk 108 ASW rocket launcher, 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos
Radars: AN/SPS-5 (surface), AN/SPS-6C (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-4
Fire Control Systems: Mk63 Gun FCS, Mk105 Underwater Battery FCS
Hooper (DE 1026) Building and Operational Data:
  • 4 January 1956: Keel laid at the Bethlehem-Pacific Coast Steel Corp., San Francisco, Cal.
  • 1 August 1957: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss Elizabeth Hooper, daughter of Rear Admiral Hooper
  • 18 March 1958: Commissioned at San Francisco, Lcdr J. K. Leslie in command, assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Cruiser-Destroyer Force as a unit of Escort Squadron 3 at San Diego, Cal.
  • 1 February 1968: CortRon 3 disestablished, transferrred to DesRon 31 (CruDesFlot 9)
  • 6 June 1973: Decommissioned, Struck from the NVR
  • 20 February 1974: Sold for scrapping
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    Hooper 101k Artist's conception of Hooper (post-FRAM) 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, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL destroyer escorts are available. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Hooper 11k Stanford Caldwell Hooper was born on 16 August 1884 in Colton, Cal. and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1905. Serving in various ships of the fleet, but always with an interest in the then new art of the "wireless", Hooper was appointed Fleet Radio Officer in 1912. A radio observer during the first part of World War I, he headed the Radio Division of the Bureau of Engineering until America's entry into the war. Hooper commanded USS Fairfax (DD 93) during 1917-18 while on convoy duty, and received the Navy Cross. Following the war he became the guiding force behind the development of radio communications and electronics in the Navy, serving in various technical posts until his retirement in 1943. Rear Admiral Hooper was retained on active duty until 1945, and held offices with civilian firms in the electronics field until his death 6 April 1955. He was the recipient of many awards for his work in radio, and is honored annually by the Navy through the Rear Admiral S. C. Hooper Trophy, given to the outstanding electronics division in the Naval Reserve.

    USS Hooper (DE 1026) (1958-1973) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
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    Hooper 55k 18 March 1958: Commissioning Day Ken Sargent
    via Terry Gann
    Hooper 131k 1958: San Francisco Bay (© Allied Photographers, San Francisco, Cal.) Robert M. Cieri
    Hooper 59k circa 1958: location unknown (Official U.S. Navy Photo; From "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958 - 59") Robert Hurst
    Hooper 106k circa 1959: USS Hooper (DE 1026) underway. (U.S. Navy Photo, from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1960-61)
    Hooper 44k circa 1961: Welcome Aboard Pamphlet photo Ken Sargent
    via Terry Gann
    ***Evans / Hooper*** 89k 4 March 1961: San Diego, Cal. - "Enemy Sub Killers" Nestled alongside USS Kearsarge (CVS 33) at San Diego, are three modern destroyer escorts and three destroyers of the ComCruDesPac force. The carrier and her group of 'greyhounds' make up a Navy Hunter-Killer Group now operating in the Pacific. Included are (outboard in) USS Bridget (DE 1024), USS Evans (DE 1023), and Hooper, all of CortRon Three; USS Lofberg (DD 759), USS Taussig (DD 746) and USS John A. Bole (DD 755), all of DesDiv 72." (Official U.S. Navy Photograph from the Hoyt "Bud" Colburn Collection)

    NOTE: Carol is the author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific (Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martins Press, 2008); ISBN-10 031238694X and ISBN-13 978-0312386948. Check on www.carolhipperson.com for availability.
    Carol Edgemon Hipperson
    www.carolhipperson.com
    Hooper 128k 24 January 1963: Preparing to refuel from USS Chemung (AO 30) in the Western Pacific. Fred Juvenile
    via Terry Gann
    Hooper 81k From 1964 Cruise Book Terry Gann
    Hooper 62k 1964: Moored at Yokosuka, Japan
    Hooper 69k March 1966: Kaohsuing, Taiwan (Photo ©Richard Leonhardt) Richard Leonhardt
    ***Evans / Hooper*** 252k 1966: Subic Bay, Philippine Islands - Moored to USS Piedmont (AD 17), in a nest with USS Evans (DE 1023), Hooper, USS Jenkins (DD 447), and USS Samuel N. Moore (DD 747), all to starboard. Lee Noland
    Hooper 228k April 1967: off Pearl Harbor - Hooper departing Pearl Harbor to join the group heading for West Pac. Darryl Baker
    Hooper 198k April 1967: off Pearl Harbor - Four of USS Hornet's task group on the way to WESTPAC in April 1967. Left to right: Hooper, USS Taylor (DD 468), USS Davidson (DE 1045) and USS Bronstein (DE 1037). Photo taken from USS Evans (DE 1023) port side. USS Bridget (DE 1024) and USS Walker (DD 517) would have been to Evans' starboard side.
    Hooper 242k May 1967: The Sea of Japan - Hooper replenishing from USS Aludra (AF 55). Bow of USS Evans (DE 1023) is to the right.
    Hooper 84k 1971: Long Beach, Cal. - Tied up at the Mole Pier. (taken by crewmember Steve Knox) Joe Schneider
    Hooper 162k If you were stationed at RTC Great Lakes in the late 60's you would have had most of your instruction via video link or prerecorded programs. This painting of USS Hooper appeared behind the instructors. I went through Great Lakes in July 1969 and the painting was still there in 1975 when I was on a two week Reserve Duty assignment. Steve Loomis
    Phoenix AZ

    View the USS Hooper (DE 1026) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
    View the Hooper Supplemental History
    from Ken Sargent
    Hooper's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  18 Mar 1958 - 1960 Lcdr. James Kenneth Leslie
    2.)  1960 - 1961 Lcdr. Thomas J. Quarton
    3.)  1961 - 31 Dec 1962 Lcdr. John Thomas Wells, Jr.
    4.)  31 Dec 1962 - 1964 Lcdr. John Warren Walden
    5.)  1964 - 1966 Lcdr. Charles Edwin Gurney III (ret. as Radm.)
    6.)  1966 - 1968 Lcdr. Francisco Alfonso Velasques-Suarez
    7.)  1968 - 1969 Lcdr. William Miley Fogarty (ret. as Radm.)
    8.)  1969 - 1970 Lcdr. Clarence E. McRight, Jr.
    9.)  1970 - 25 Feb 1972 Lcdr. Thomas Francis Howley
    10.) 25 Feb 1972 - 06 Jul 1973 Lcdr. Boyden Tracy Steele

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Escort Squadron (CortRon) 3 Association
    (and all ships that belonged to the squadron from WWII onward)
    17 - 21 April 2013 at the Holiday Inn, San Diego, Bayside

    Reunion Organizer: Armed Forces Reunions, Inc.
    Phone: (757) 625-6401
    E-mail: www.afr-reg.com/escortsqdn32013
    Or
    Association Contact Name: Stan Virden
    Phone: (H) 251-967-4287 or (C) 251-209-1984
    E-mail: Stan Virden

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Hooper
    USS Hooper Page on Military.Com
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