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USS Hopping (DE 155 / APD 51)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (w/Asia clasp)

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Hopping (DE 155) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 December 1942: Keel laid by the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Va.
  • 10 March 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. H. L. Hopping, widow of Lieutenant Commander Hopping
  • 21 May 1943: Commissioned at Berth 105, St. Helena Annex of the Norfolk Navy Yard, Berkley, Va., Lcdr F. D. Giambattista in command
  • 07 September 1944: Reclassified APD 51, converted at Frontier Base, Staten Island, N.Y.
  • 05 May 1947: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 11½ months of service
  • 01 September 1964: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 August 1966: Sold for scrapping to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, Md.
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    8k Hallsted Lubeck Hopping was born in New York, N.Y., 25 September 1902 and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1924. After graduating from flight training, Hopping served with various squadrons, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander in 1939. He reported as Commander of Scouting Squadron 6 on 10 July 1941, and lost his life in a raid on Rol Island from carrier Enterprise 01 February 1942, the first aircraft squadron commander to lose his life in World War II.

    USS Hopping (DE 155) (1943-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Naval Academy photo #usna-img-z--1200043 from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    130k Undated Wartime Image John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    455k 10 July 1943: Portsmouth, Va. - Headon view of USS Hopping (DE 155) underway in the Elizabeth River off the Norfolk Navy Yard. David DiAngelo
    Norfolk Naval Shipyard
    745k 20 July 1943: Portsmouth, Va. - A starboard quarter view of the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Hopping (DE 155) at the U.S. Navy yard, Norfolk.

    (U.S. Navy Photo, Local ID #181-V-5602, NAID #52560629 from the United States National Archives)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom
    431k 20 July 1943: Portsmouth, Va. - A stern view of the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Hopping (DE 155) at the U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk.

    (U.S. Navy Photo, Local ID #181-V-5603, NAID #52560631 from the United States National Archives)
    Theodore Leverett
    44k August 1966: Port Everglades, Fla. - Ex-Hopping (APD 51) and Foreman (DE 633) tied up in Port Everglades. They were enroute to the scrappers in Baltimore and had to put in to port due to Hurricane Faith approaching the area. James "Rick" Barton
    West Palm Beach, Fla.

    Hopping History
    View the USS Hopping (DE 155 / APD 51) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Hopping's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 21 May 1943 - 10 Oct. 1943Lcdr. Frank Daniel Giambattista, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '27) (Boonton, N.J.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.) 10 Oct. 1943 - 16 Aug. 1944Lcdr. Louis F. Loutrel Jr., USNR (South Orange, N.J.)
    3.) 16 Aug. 1944 - 01 Oct. 1946Lcdr. Willard Jerrold McNulty, USNR (Spokane, Wash.)
    4.) 01 Oct. 1946 - 05 May 1947Lcdr. DeWitt McDougal Patterson (Decomm. CO) (USNA '39) (Savannah, Tenn.)

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