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USS Hopping (APD-51)
USS Hopping (DE-155) (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Victor - Quebec
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Teresa (A)lpha - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 11 December 1942, as Hopping (DE-155), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
Launched, 9 March 1943
Commissioned USS Hopping (DE-155), 21 May 1943, LCDR. Frank D. Giambattista in command.
Converted during October-November 1944 to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at Frontier Base, Staten Island, N.Y.
Redesignated (APD-51) in November 1944
During World War II USS Hopping was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
TransRon Twenty-Four, COMO. E. L. Short
TransDiv One Hundred Five, CAPT. J. M. Kennaday USN and participated in the following campaign:
Following World War II USS Hopping (APD-51) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 25 November 1945
Decommissioned, 5 May 1947, at Green Cove Springs FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
Struck from the Naval Register in September 1964
USS Hopping (APD-51) earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold 15 August 1966, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD. for scrapping
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
six 1/4 ton trucks
two 1 ton trucks
four ammunition carts
four pack howitzers
Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
two depth charge tracks
NSFO 2,216 Bbls
Diesel 93 Bbls
two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
Ship's Service Generators
two 300Kw 450V A.C.
two 40Kw 120V D.C.
two propellers, 12,000shp
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||USS Hopping (APD-51) and USS LCI(L)-373 off Okinawa during amphibious landing operations there. The Hopping is surrounded by infantry landing craft (LCI) heading for the beach, while two old battleships, USS New York (BB-34) and USS Idaho (BB-42) are off in the background waiting for fire support calls. Photo is a Official US Navy photo.
USS Hopping (DE-155 / APD-51)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Giambattista, Frank Daniel :RADM||21 May 1943 - 10 October 1943||DE-155|
|02||LCDR. Loutrel Jr., Louis Frank, USNR||10 October 1943 - 16 August 1944||DE-155 / APD-51|
|03||LCDR. McNulty, Willard Jerrold, USNR||16 August 1944 - October 1946||APD-51|
|04||LCDR. Patterson, DeWitt McDougal (Pat)||October 1946 - 5 May 1947||APD-51|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated, 13 October 2017
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