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USS Hubbard (DE 211) / (APD 53)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Hubbard (DE 211) Building and Operational Data:
  • 11 August 1943: Keel laid at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • 11 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Helen L. Hubbard, widow of Commander Hubbard
  • 06 March 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr. L. C. Mabley in command
  • 16 January 1945: Hubbard, in company with Otter (DE 210), Hayter (DE 212) and Varian (DE 798) sank the German submarine U-248 NNE of the Azores
  • 01 June 1945: Reclassified APD 53, converted by Sullivan's Drydock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • 15 March 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years of service
  • 01 May 1966: Struck from the NVR
  • 01 July 1968: Sold for scrapping
    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 83292 courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975; from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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    Hubbard 65k Joseph Charles Hubbard was born 24 January 1900 in Danbury, Conn., and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1921. After serving in various ships during his early career, Hubbard underwent submarine training in 1924-25 and reported on board his first command, O-7, in 1930. Following other assignments ashore and afloat, he reported to cruiser San Francisco in November 1939 as Damage Control Officer and First Lieutenant. Appointed Commander in 1942, Hubbard died 13 November 1942 on board San Francisco after the flagship for Admiral Callaghan, was crashed by a Japanese plane on 12 November. Hubbard relieved the critically wounded executive officer, and it was in this post that he was killed next day during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, as American ships prevented a Japanese bombardment of the island. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

    USS Hubbard (DE 211) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1921.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    Hubbard 67k 06 March 1944: Charleston, S.C. - Commissioning day for USS Hubbard and USS Hayter (DE 212). -
    Hubbard 135k 13 March 1944: Hubbard shown shortly after commissioning. She's most likely painted in Measure 22 camouflage, sea blue (5-S) lower; and ocean gray (5-O) upper). John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.

    Hubbard History
    View the USS Hubbard (DE 211 / APD 53) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Hubbard's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 06 Mar. 1944 - 11 May 1945Lcdr. Louis Christopher Mabley, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 11 May 1945 - 01 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Frederick Bates Korsmeyer, USNR 
    3.) 05 Jan. 1946 - 15 Mar. 1946Lt. Richard Evan Gardner, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Navsource APD Pages, Hubbard
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