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USS William M. Hobby (APD-95)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Juliet - Delta

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)

USS William M. Hobby (APD-95) was transferred to the South Korean Navy and renamed ROKS Che Ju (PF-87)
Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort - Crosley Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 15 November 1943, as William M. Hobby (DE-236), a Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 2 February 1944
  • Reclassified a Crosley Class High-speed Transport, 17 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS William M. Hobby (APD-95), 4 April 1945, LCDR. Fran N. Christiansen USNR in command
  • During World War II USS William M. Hobby was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred Eight
  • Following World War II USS William M. Hobby was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 23 September to 15 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 6 April 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1967
  • Transferred to South Korea, renamed ROKS Che Ju (PF-87). later as (APD-87)
  • Final Disposition, struck by South Korea and scrapped 1989
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,630 t.(lt) 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    12 Officers
    192 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    12 Officers
    150 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats four LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    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 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm gun mounts
    six single 20 mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    two Babcox and Wilcox "D" Express type boilers, 435 PSI 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive) Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two shafts, shaft horsepower 12,000

    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 91591. Courtesy of A.D. Baker III.
    Joseph Janney Steinmetz. Photo # JJS0458 from the collections of the Florida Memory Project
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    William M. Hobby 52k
    William Matthews Hobby, Jr.—born on 27 July 1899 in Sylvania, Ga.—was appointed a midshipman from the 1st district of Georgia on 20 June 1919 and graduated in the class of 1923. After initial sea duty in the battleship Oklahoma (BB-37) from June 1923 to April 1925, Hobby underwent brief aviation instruction at Pensacola, Fla.; reported to destroyer Kidder (DD-319) on 21 November 1925; and served in that ship as she earned the 2d Nicaraguan campaign ribbon. Hobby then underwent submarine instruction at the Submarine Base, New London, Conn., from late December 1927 to June of the following year. He then traveled to the Asiatic station, where he reported to the submarine tender Canopus (AS-9) on 10 August 1928, prior to his joining the submarine 8^37 (SS-142) 10 days later. After successive tours in S-41 (SS-146) and S-30 (SS-135), Hobby returned to the United States for service at the United States Naval Academy from May 1931 to June 1933. He then helped to fit out the submarine Cachalot (SS-171) before serving back-to-back tours in battleship Tennessee (BB-43) and training ship Wyoming (AG-17) into the summer of 1938. Hobby reported to the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J., on 11 May 1939, to supervise the fitting out of the new Sims-class destroyer Anderson (DD-411) and to become her first commanding officer when she was placed in commission. Detached on 22 March 1941, Hobby then rejoined the battleship Oklahoma four days later as damage control officer and 1st lieutenant. After the battleship capsized and sank in the Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Hobby served briefly in the 12th Naval District before he joined the new battleship Washington (BB-56) on 3 January 1942. He acted as navigator of that battlewagon until he relieved Comdr. Walter E. Moore as executive officer of the light cruiser Juneau (CL-52) at Espiritu Santo on 2 November 1942. Ten days later, Juneau was heavily damaged during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. The following afternoon, Friday the 13th, while she was returning to Espiritu Santo, the cruiser was literally blown into bits by a torpedo from the Japanese submarine 1—26 which detonated her magazine. Commander Hobby was among those who perished in the cataclysmic blast that tore the ship apart.
    Bill Gonyo
    William M. Hobby
    NH 91590
    217k USS William M. Hobby (APD-95) under way near the Charleston Navy Yard, S.C., 19 April 1945. Launched as DE-236 but converted to a high speed transport (APD) before completion, this ship is painted in Measure 31-32 series camouflage.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 91590, NH 91591, NH 91589, courtesy of A.D. Baker III.
    Mike Green
    William M. Hobby
    NH 91591
    William M. Hobby
    NH 91589
    John P. Gray
    46k Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, Florida, circa 1948. Identifiable ships;
    USS John P. Gray (APD-74)
    USS Register (APD-92) and
    USS William M. Hobby (APD-95)
    Robert Hurst

    USS William M. Hobby (APD-95)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Christiansen, Fran Martin, USNR4 April 1945 - 6 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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