Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: USS Hopping (DE-155) Records

1943-1946, undated
Manuscript Collection #564-010
Physical description
0.015 Cubic Feet, 1 folder, war diaries, actions reports, commissioning program
Preferred Citation
Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: USS Hopping (DE-155) Records (#564-010), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Records (1943–1946) of the escort ship USS Hopping (DE-155), attached to Escort Division 6 of the Atlantic Fleet during World War II and including war diaries, action reports, and miscellaneous material relating to U-Boat attacks, anti-submarine warfare, etc.

Biographical/historical information

The escort ship USS Hopping (DE-155) was commissioned on 21 May 1943. During World War II, the ship was attached to Escort Division 6 of the Atlantic Fleet and was assigned to escort duty between New York and Northern Ireland. The Hopping was converted (October–November 1944) to a high speed transport (APD-51) and served the remainder of the war with the Pacific Fleet. She was decommissioned on 5 May 1947, and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. The ships commanding officer was Louis F. Loutrel Jr. Also, it is currently unknown whether the donor of the papers served aboard the ship himself.

Scope and arrangement

The collection contains war diaries, action reports and miscellaneous materials. The war diaries are in two forms, the official Navy printed version (1 December 1943–30 June 1944) by Louis F. Loutrel Jr., the ships commanding officer, and a handwritten diary (8 May 1944–30 April 1946) by W.J. McNulty(?) Early entries concern the ship's escort duty of convoys between Northern Ireland and New York (1 December 1943–30 September 1944) and note daily convoy positions, course changes, sonar contacts, speed, dry dock locations, and training exercises.

Further diary entries mention conversion to a high speed transport (7 October–18 November 1944, p. 73) and the Hopping's assignment to the Pacific Theatre including tests and training near Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands (19 November–19 December 1944, pp. 73–78). Specific topics detailed include activities around Okinawa (1 April, 23 June 1945) that include reports of kamikaze attacks (6 April, 17 May, and 2 June 1945, pp. 104–105, 111, 116); damage to the Hopping by shore fire (9 April 1945, pp. 106–107); and the transport of liberated American prisoners of war from Guam, Wake Island, and the Philippine Islands (15–19 September 1945, pp. 130, 131). The diary concludes with entries concerning the pre inactivation overhaul of the ship (1 January, 30 April 1946; pp. 145–148).

Official Navy action reports detail an incident involving the escort ship USS Donnell (DE-56) and damage caused by a German torpedo. An anti submarine action report of the Hopping notes sea condition, attack times, range, bearing, speed, course, target depth, and the type of attack the Hopping used against the U-boat that fired the torpedo (3 May 1944). Other action reports note the contact with the U-boat and counterattack strategies that included depth charges (6–9 May 1944). The care and transfer of the Donnell's wounded is detailed by further action reports from escort ship USS Reeves(DE-156), as is the towing of the Donnell to Northern Ireland (8 May 1944).

Other items in the collection include the Hopping's commissioning program; drawings of the escort ship and two converted high speed transports; and a list of the Hopping's ports of call throughout its career, including the dates of arrival and departure.

For related collections, sell also the Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Collection: Louis F. Loutrel Jr. Papers (#564-008).

Administrative information
Custodial History

November 18, 1989 5 items; Records (May 1943–April 1945), including war diaries, action reports, commissioning program, and miscellaneous items. Donor: Mr. Charles J. Buice

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Charles J. Buice

Processing information

Processed by J. Holland; M. Boccaccio; A. Merriman, November 1999

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Corporate Names
Donnell (Ship)
Hopping (Ship)
Reeves (Ship)
Anti-submarine warfare
Destroyer escorts
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Area
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Typescript War Diary, December, 1943-June, 1944
Box 1 Folder b Handwritten War Diary (copy), May 1944-April, 1946
Box 1 Folder c Action Reports, May-June, 1944