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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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USS Hope (AH-7) (1944 - 1946)
November - Alpha - Uniform - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 3 & 6 Dec. 1944, and at Okinawa)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Comfort Class Hospital Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, as SS Fred Morris a Maritime Commission type (C1-B) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 490) at Consolidated Steel, Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched and acquired by the US Navy from the War Shipping Administration, 30 August 1943
Converted to a Hospital Ship at US Naval Dry Dock, Terminal Island, CA.
Commissioned USS Hope (AH-7), 15 August 1944, CDR. Albert E. Richards in command
During World War II USS Hope was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
:Leyte landings, 8 to 29 November 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 13 April to 12 May 1945
Following World War II USS Hope was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 to 26 September 1945
Decommissioned, 9 May 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Turned over to the US Army for further use as a transport, 26 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS Hope earned two battle stars of World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 5 January 1950 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 February 1978, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp. (PD-X-1025) for $130,000.00, Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, 10 March 1978
Displacement 9,800 t.(fl)
Speed 15 kts.
Patient Accommodations 400
Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
NSFO 12,010 Bbls
Diesel 615 Bbls
one J. H. geared turbine
three Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double J. H. Main Reduction Gears
three 300Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
one propeller, 4,000shp
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| USS Hope (AH-7)
||USS Hope (AH-7) under way off the coast of Southern California, 30 August 1944. Photographed from a blimp of squadron ZP-31.
US National Archives Photo # 80-G-246912, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Hope (AH-7) moored in port, date and location unknown.
||The wheel from USS Hope (AH-7), as prepared for presentation to the entertainer Bob Hope. Photographed 13 April 1970
at the Naval Photographic Center, Washington, D.C. This photograph has been retouched to obscure the inscriptions on the two plaques attached to the wheel.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 103221, by PH2 J.W. Wilson
| USAT Hope
||USAT Hope under way, date and location unknown.
USS Hope (AH-7)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 9 June 2017
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