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USAT Hope
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USS Hope (AH-7) (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Uniform - Juliet
NAUJ
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:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    :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
  • 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.
  • USS Hope earned two battle stars of World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,800 t.(fl)
    Length 416'
    Beam 60'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 80
    Enlisted 436
    Patient Accommodations 400
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 12,010 Bbls
    Diesel 615 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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)
    Hope 36k USS Hope (AH-7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
    Hope 58k USS Hope (AH-7) moored in port, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    USAT Hope
    Hope 57k USAT Hope underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    USS Hope (AH-7)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Hope

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