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USS Hopping was a Buckley-class destroyer escort laid down on December 15, 1942 and launched on March 9, the next year. It was commissioned on May 21, 1943 under Lt. Comdr. F. D. Giambattista’s command with the hull number DE-155 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on May 5, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 213 men on board and it had the main missions in Bermuda, the United Kingdom, New York, Norfolk, Ireland, the Philippines, Kerama Retto or Ulithi. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register in September 1964. Two years later, on August 15, 1966 USS Hopping was sold to Boston Metals Company in Maryland. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, the ship received 1 battle star.