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USS Hooper Island (ARG-17)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Foxtrot - Papa
NKFP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Luzon Class Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 September 1944, as SS Bert McDowell, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2682) at Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 30 October 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and converted to an Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship at Bethlehem Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD.
  • Commissioned USS Hooper Island (ARG-17), 13 July 1945, CDR. Elmon B. Guernsey in command
  • During World War II USS Hooper Island was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Hooper Island was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    5 November 1945 to 2 November 19463 November 1946 to 15 August 1947

  • Decommissioned, 24 January 1948 at Alameda, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 12 April 1952, CDR. Frank H. Rile in command
  • During the Korean War USS Hooper Island participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Third Korean Winter
    28 to 29 March 1953
    30 March to 1 April 1953
    14 to 15 April 1953
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    16 to 18 May 1953

  • Decommissioned, 15 July 1959, at San Diego, CA. and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 2 May 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 November 1960, Zidell Explorations Inc., Portland, OR., (PD-X-886) removed from Suisun Bay, 5 November 1970
  • USS Hooper Island earned two battle stars for Korean War Service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,159 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(limiting)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 23'
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 30
    Enlisted 471
    Largest Boom Capacity 22 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 20,690 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Machine Corp., vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 350Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Hooper Island 84k USS Hooper Island (ARG-17) at anchor at Sasebo, Japan, in 1945.
    Photo by Fred Conner MoMM/2c USS Hooper Island
    Lannis E. Huckabee COL(ret) USA for his father Ellison Cashville Huckabee ME2/c USS Hooper Island
    Hooper Island 104k USS Hooper Island (ARG-17) Chaplain LT. O.A. Linger ChC USNR during services aboard ship, date and place unknown.
    Photo by Fred Conner MoMM/2c USS Hooper Island
    Lannis E. Huckabee COL(ret) USA for his father Ellison Cashville Huckabee ME2/c USS Hooper Island
    Hooper Island 71k USS Hooper Island (ARG-17) Chaplain LT. O.A. Linger ChC USNR and crew members during an R&R break at Hoover Park, date unknown.
    Photo by Fred Conner MoMM/2c USS Hooper Island
    Lannis E. Huckabee COL(ret) USA for his father Ellison Cashville Huckabee ME2/c USS Hooper Island
    Hooper Island 71k USS Hooper Island (ARG-17) band practice on the fantail, while underway bound for Guam, date unknown.
    Photo by Fred Conner MoMM/2c USS Hooper Island
    Lannis E. Huckabee COL(ret) USA for his father Ellison Cashville Huckabee ME2/c USS Hooper Island
    Hooper Island 47k USS Hooper Island (ARG-17) at Sasebo, Japan, circa 1952. Caleb Culberson for his grandfather Fred Culberson MM1 USS Hooper Island 1952-1956.
    Hooper Island 93k USS Hooper Island (ARG-17) at anchor at Cheju-do, South Korea, with SS San Mateo in the background and an unidentified escort aircraft carrier anchored astern of Hooper Island. Hooper Island was helping to salvage SS San Mateo, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, 17 November 1954.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Hooper Island 92k USS Hooper Island (ARG-17) underway in San Francisco, Bay, 12 July 1957. Donald Brouillard
    Hector 122k USS Hooper Island (ARB-17) in 1958 while at anchor with LSTs alongside in the harbor at San Diego, CA. Anchored astern of Hooper Island is USS Hector (AR-7). Photo taken from USS Ajax at pier 1 Naval Station San Diego in1958. Russell Cole ET2 USS Ajax & USS Luzon 1957-1961
    Hooper Island 83k USS Hooper Island (ARG-17) underway, date and location unknown.
    A Ted Stone photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1958-59 Edition.
    Robert Hurst
    Hooper Island 75k USS Hooper Island (ARG-17) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    USS Hooper Island (ARG-17)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Guernsey, Elmon Bishop13 July 1945 - 10 October 1945
    02CDR. Fortune Jr., Paul L. USNR10 October 1945 - July 1946
    03CDR. Thompson, Albert Clifford USNJuly 1946 - 24 January 1948
     Decommissioned24 January 1948 to 12 April 1952
    04CDR. Rile Jr., Frank Higgins12 April 1952 - ?
    05CDR. Labo, Howard Glenn1955 - ?
    06CDR. Mullins Jr., Fred Ferguson (Moon)1957 - 15 July 1959
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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