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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.

    Rudderow Class Type TEV Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid November 15 1943 - Launched February 2 1944 as DE-236
    Reclassified Crosley Class High-speed Transport (APD) June 17 1944

    Commissioned April 4 1945 - Decommissioned April 6 1946
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1967

  2. CHE JU PF-87 (South Korean Naval Service)
    Transferred to South Korea July 23 1967 and renamed

  3. CHE JU APD-87
    Redesignated (Date unknown)

    Struck 1989 by South Korea and scrapped

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1946)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type

(Br. #15868)


JonBurdett williammhobby 19460115 pm.jpg
JonBurdett williammhobby 19460115.jpg



Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp)

NAMESAKE - William Matthews Hobby, Jr. USN (July 27 1899 - November 13 1942)
Hobby was appointed a Midshipman from the 1st district of Georgia on June 20 1919 and graduated in the class of 1923. After initial sea duty from June 1923 to April 1925, Hobby underwent brief aviation instruction at Pensacola, Fla. He then underwent submarine instruction at the Submarine Base, New London, Conn., from late December 1927 to June of the following year. He reported for service at the United States Naval Academy from May 1931 to June 1933. Hobby reported to the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J., on May 11 1939, to supervise the fitting out of the new Sims class destroyer USS ANDERSON DD-411 and became her first commanding officer when she was placed in commission. Detached on March 22 1941, Hobby then joined the Battleship USS OKLAHOMA BB-37 four days later as Damage Control Officer and 1st Lieutenant. After the battleship capsized and sank in the Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941, Hobby served briefly in the 12th Naval District before he joined the new battleship USS WASHINGTON BB-56 on January 3 1942. He acted as Navigator of that battlewagon until he relieved Comdr. Walter E. Moore as Executive Officer of the Light Cruiser USS JUNEAU CL-52 at Espiritu Santo on November 2 1942. Ten days later, JUNEAU was heavily damaged during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. The following afternoon, Friday the 13th, while she was returning to Espiritu Santo, the cruiser was literally blown into bits by a torpedo from the Japanese Submarine 1-26 which detonated her magazine. Commander Hobby was among those who perished in the cataclysmic blast that tore the ship apart



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