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Clemson class destroyer
24 KIA of crew
plus 24 others
USN circa 1930s
After shakedown off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean Hovey sailed from Newport, Rhode Island 19 December 1919 in company with Chandler (DD-206) for the Azores and Brest, France, for duty as station ship. She sailed from Dalmatia, Italy 10 July 1920] for the Adriatic Sea to deliver important papers and claims. Arriving Constantinople 12 July she later visited various Russian ports as station ship until 17 December when she sailed for Port Said, Egypt, and duty with the Asiatic Fleet in the Philippines. Hovey remained on the Asiatic station until she returned to San Francisco, 2 October 1922, decommissioning at San Diego, 1 February 1923.
Hovey recommissioned 20 February 1930 at San Diego with Commander Stuart O. Greig in command. After shakedown out of San Diego and Mare Island she served principally as training ship for reservists until 9 April 1934 when she transited the Panama Canal, arriving New York 31 May. After training and fleet exercises out of New England and off the Florida coast, Hovey returned to San Diego 9 November. After overhaul at Mare Island, she resumed her operations along the West Coast with additional exercises and fleet problems in the Canal Zone and Hawaiian waters. Hovey converted to a high speed minesweeper and was reclassifled DMS-11 19 November 1940.
Hovey continued her operations around Guadalcanal before retiring to New Caledonia 13 September for replenishment. From there she proceeded to Samoa before returning to Ndeni, Santa Cruz, with a reconnaissance party of marines on board. Returning to New Caledonia,
On October 10, 1942 Hovey departed transporting 127 drums of aviation gasoline aboard and towing two PT Boats along with USS Southard (DD-207). The pair proceeded to a point 300 miles off Tulagi then released PT-38, PT-46, PT-48 and PT-60 which proceeded under their own power to Tulagi PT Boat Base then arrived at Tulagi on October 12, 1942.
Afterwards, Hovey continued escort duty between Guadalcanal and Espiritu Santo, then returned to San Francisco on April 19, 1943 for overhaul. On May 31, 1943 departed Mare Island escorting a convoy across the Pacific bound for New Caledonia. Arriving August 10, 1943 she resumed her escort and patrol duties until October 30, 1943 when she joined Rear Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson, Jr.'s III Amphibious Force supporting the American landing at at Torokina on November 1, 1943. For the next week during the seizure of Empress Augusta Bay, Hovey operated with the invasion forces, screening transports and making prelanding sweeps.
Hovey continued screening and escort duties in the Solomons until 5 April 1944 when she escorted Lindenwald (LSD-6) from Tulagi to Majuro, Marshall Islands. She returned to Espiritu Santo 11 April and on the 20th joined Task Unit 34.9.3 under the command of Captain Kane aboard USS Petrof Bay (CVE–80), delivering replacement planes to other carriers at Manus. The task unit rendezvoused 29 April with Fast Carrier Task Force (TF 58) to furnish replacement planes for the first strikes on Truk. Proceeding to Florida Island, Hovey departed for the West Coast, arriving 31 May via Pearl Harbor.
Central Pacific campaigns
Invasion of Luzon
In the entrance to Lingayen Gulf, at 8:00 the sweepers came under attack and Hovey immediately shot down one kamikaze suicide plane. As the ships made a return sweep, two suicide planes made straight runs on the last two ships in the column, crashing into USS Brooks (DD-232) and USS Long (DD-209). Hovey slipped her gear and stood in to assist Long. Long's entire bridge and well deck was on fire, with intermittent explosions coming from the forward magazine and ready ammunition. Due to the explosions and air attacks, Hovey could not get alongside, but spent an hour picking up 149 survivors. At dark the sweepers made their night retirement and began steaming off the entrance to Lingayen Gulf.
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