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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Gleaves Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 14 November 1940 - Launched 8 September 1941

  1. USS HOBSON DD-464
    Commissioned 22 January 1942

    Converted to High-speed Minesweeper (DMS) 15 November 1944
    SUNK in Collision with USS Wasp CV-18 26 April 1952 in the North Atlantic
    176 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.


Naval Covers

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  1. USS Hobson DD-464 / DMS 26 Covers Page 1     (1942-1949)



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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Post Office Period 12 March 1942 to 4 May 1949


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-39


GregCiesielski Hobson DD464 19420122 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hobson DD464 19420122 1 Front.jpg

DD-464. Commissioning, cachet by Mae Weigand


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Hobson DMS26 19470423 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hobson DMS26 19470423 1 Front.jpg

DMS-26. Signed by Lt. Cmdr. J. P. Coleman, USN


Locy Type 2#

(Br. #15626)


JonBurdett hobson dms26 19460311 pm.jpg
JonBurdett hobson dms26 19460311.jpg

As DMS-26. Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh Cachets)


Locy Type
3z (BTB)


JonBurdett hobson dd464 19441105 pm.jpg
JonBurdett hobson dd464 19441105.jpg

DD-464. Official Business


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Hobson DD464 19420122 1 Cachet.jpg
GregCiesielski Hobson DD464 19420122 1 Front.jpg

DD-464. Commissioning, cachet by Mae Weigand

2nd Post Office Period 5 October 1949 to 26 April 1952


Locy Type
FDPS 2(n)


GregCiesielski Hobson DMS26 19491015 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Hobson DMS26 19491015 1 Front.jpg

DMS-26. First Day of postal service, add-on cachet by Richard F. Hoffner


Locy Type 2(n)


JonBurdett hobson dms26 19491031 pm.jpg
JonBurdett hobson dms26 19491031.JPG



Other Information

USS HOBSON received six battle stars for her World War II service, and shared in The Presidential Unit Citation awarded to the ships in the Bogue antisubmarine task group in the Atlantic.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Richmond Pearson Hobson, USN (17 August 1870 - 16 March 1937)
        Hobson graduated from the Naval Academy in 1889. After duty in Chicago he underwent additional training and was appointed Assistant Naval Constructor in 1891. Hobson then served at various Navy Yards and facilities, including a tour of duty as instructor at the Naval Academy. In the early days of Spanish-American War, he was with USS SAMPSON in New York, and arrived off Santiago June 1 1898. In order to bottle up Cervera's squadron Hobson took temporary command of collier USS MERRIMAC, which he would attempt to sink as an obstruction in the channel. The gallant attempt was made early June 3rd under heavy Spanish fire, which disabled the steering gear of the collier. Hobson did sink MERRIMAC, but was unable to place her in the shallowest part of the channel. With his intrepid crew of six, he was picked up by Admiral Cervera himself, and treated quite chivalrously for his gallant expedition. Hobson was advanced 10 numbers in grade after the war and later, in 1933, awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic attempt to block the channel. After the Spanish-American War he worked on the repairing and refitting of captured Spanish cruisers at Cavite and at various shore stations of the Navy. Resigning in 1903, Hobson remained a staunch supporter of the Navy and during his subsequent career as a Congressman from Alabama, 1905-15, was a firm advocate of naval expansion. In 1934, by special act of Congress, he was advanced to Naval Constructor with a rank of Rear Admiral, and placed on the retired list. Rear Admiral Hobson died March 16 1937 in New York City.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. R. P. Hobson, widow of Rear Admiral Hobson.



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