The USS Hobby (DD-610) was a Benson-class destroyer launched on June 4, 1942. It was commissioned on November 18, the same year under Lt. Comdr. Ernest Blake’s command with the hull number DD-610 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on February 1, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 259 people on board and had its main missions in New York, Casablanca, Norfolk, New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, the Schouten Islands, Peleliu, Luzon, Formosa, and China. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1971. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Hobby received 10 battle stars.
Navy veterans afflicted with asbestos-related diseases should know that they are eligible for compensation from asbestos trust funds and VA disability compensation even if it has been decades since they were in the military. Spouses of veterans whose death resulted from a service-related illness or dependents of Navy veterans may be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.