HALLSTED L. HOPPING, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Hallsted Hopping '24

Date of birth: September 25, 1902

Date of death: February 1, 1942

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Photo from a portrait presented by Mrs. H.L. Hopping to the USS HOPPING (DE-155) at her commissioning, 21 May 1943. Commander Hopping was the first American naval aircraft squadron commander to lose his life in World War II.

From Find A Grave:

On February 1, 1942, LCDR Hopping led a flight of US Navy Douglas Dive Bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on an attack of the island Roi-Mamur in the Marshall Island chain.

Silhouetted against the rising sun, Hoppings dive bomber made an easy target for the Japanese defenders of the island. During his low altitude dive, Hopping's aircraft was immediately attacked by a Japanese Zero. His plane was shot to pieces, & he crashed into the Pacific. His remains were not recovered. Killed along with Hopping was his gunner Radioman First Class Harold Thomas.

His wife, Alice, was listed as next of kin; she later remarried a classmate of his. (Information from December 1976 issue of Shipmate.) Hallsted's memory marker is in Arlington National Cemetery.

Raid on the Marshall Islands

Aircraft lost from Yorktown during the raid, via Matt Robbins '04. Note times are in Greenwich mean time.
Louisville's after action report, via Matt Robbins '04. Note times are in Greenwich mean time.
Louisville's after action report, via Matt Robbins '04. Note times are in Greenwich mean time.

On February 1, 1942, Task Force 17, led by VADM William Halsey, Jr. (USNA '04) struck Jaluit, Mili, and Makin (Butaritari) islands. The Task Force was centered on USS Yorktown (CV 5), with USS Louisville (CA 28) among her escorts.

George Bellinger '32, Francis Maher, Jr. '35, and Jack Moore '36 were all flying from Yorktown and were all lost that day. George Bellinger's plane simply "failed to return;" he had last been seen in the vicinity of Jaluit as the leader of a bombing section. Jack Moore's plane also "failed to return;" no other information was given in the after-action report. Francis Maher may have been the pilot of the plane observed in the water approximately 20 miles astern of the carrier, presumably having crashed due to a lack of fuel. The crew were seen getting into rubber rafts, but "a destroyer was immediately sent back but failed to make contact."

A fourth graduate, Edward Worthington '34, was lost when his float plane, launched from Louisville, went missing and was possibly shot down by a Japanese patrol bomber.

Separately, Task Force 8 was raiding other islands in the group. Hallsted Hopping '24, commanding officer of Scouting Squadron (VS) 6, flying from USS Enterprise (CV 6). His aircraft was shot down by a Japanese fighter and he (and his gunner) were both killed.


Namesake

USS Hopping (DE 155) was named for Hallsted; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

July 1924

Ensign, USS Richmond

Others at this command: ENS Neville McDowell '24.

September 1924

Ensign, USS Richmond

Others at this command: ENS Neville McDowell '24.

November 1924

Ensign, USS Richmond

Others at this command: ENS Elbert Palmer, Jr. '24 and ENS Neville McDowell '24.

January 1925

Ensign, USS Richmond

Others at this command: ENS Elbert Palmer, Jr. '24 and ENS Neville McDowell '24.

March 1925

Ensign, USS Richmond

Others at this command: ENS Neville McDowell '24.

May 1925

Ensign, USS Richmond

Others at this command: ENS Neville McDowell '24.

July 1925

Ensign, USS Richmond

Others at this command: LT William Sample '19 and ENS Neville McDowell '24.

October 1925

Ensign, USS Richmond

Others at this command: LT William Sample '19 and ENS Neville McDowell '24.

January 1926

Ensign, USS Richmond

Others at this command: ENS Neville McDowell '24.

January 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LT John Gillon '20, LTjg James McDonough '24, and LTjg John Waldron '24.

April 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LT John Gillon '20, LTjg James McDonough '24, and LTjg John Waldron '24.

July 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg James McDonough '24 and LTjg John Waldron '24.

October 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg James McDonough '24 and LTjg John Waldron '24.

January 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg James McDonough '24 and LTjg John Waldron '24.

April 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg James McDonough '24 and LTjg John Waldron '24.

July 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg James McDonough '24 and LTjg John Waldron '24.

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg James McDonough '24.

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: ENS Oscar Pate, Jr. '27.

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LT James Craig '22.

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LT James Craig '22.

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LT James Craig '22.

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LT James Craig '22.

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LT James Craig '22.

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LT James Craig '22.

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Coco Solo, Canal Zone

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 2S, Naval Air Station Coco Solo, Canal Zone

January 1933

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 2S, Naval Air Station Coco Solo, Canal Zone

April 1933

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 2S, Naval Air Station Coco Solo, Canal Zone

July 1934

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Langley

Others at this command: LTjg Oscar Pate, Jr. '27, LTjg Clair Miller '29, and LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Scouting Squadron 14-M).

October 1934

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Langley

Others at this command: LTjg Oscar Pate, Jr. '27 and LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LT LaRue Lawbaugh '20 (USS Langley) and 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Scouting Squadron 14-M).

January 1935

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Oscar Pate, Jr. '27 and LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Ranger), LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Ranger), LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LTjg Clair Miller '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg James Kyes '30 (USS Ranger), LTjg John Burgess '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), 1LT Robert Brown '31 (USS Ranger), ENS William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger).

April 1935

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Ranger), LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Ranger), LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LTjg Clair Miller '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), ENS William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger).

October 1935

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), and ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger).

January 1936

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LT James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LT Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), ENS William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), and ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger).

April 1936

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LT James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LT Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), and ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger).

July 1936

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S, USS New Orleans

Others at this command: ENS Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35.

Others at or embarked at USS New Orleans: LTjg Lion Miles '31 (USS New Orleans) and ENS Johns Janney '36 (USS New Orleans).

January 1937

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S, USS New Orleans

Others at this command: ENS Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35.

Others at or embarked at USS New Orleans: LTjg Lion Miles '31 (USS New Orleans).

April 1937

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 11S, USS New Orleans

Others at this command: ENS Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35.

Others at or embarked at USS New Orleans: LTjg Lion Miles '31 (USS New Orleans) and ENS David Zabriskie, Jr. '36 (USS New Orleans).

September 1937

Lieutenant, commanding officer, Naval Reserve Air Base, Minneapolis, Minnesota

January 1938

Lieutenant, commanding officer, Naval Reserve Air Base, Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 1938

Lieutenant, commanding officer, Naval Reserve Air Base, Minneapolis, Minnesota

January 1939

Lieutenant, commanding officer, Naval Reserve Air Base, Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 1939

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 3, USS Concord

June 1940

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 3, USS Concord

Others at or embarked at USS Concord: ENS John Rockwell, Jr. '40 (USS Concord).

November 1940

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 3, USS Concord

Others at or embarked at USS Concord: ENS John Rockwell, Jr. '40 (USS Concord).

April 1941

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 3, USS Concord

Others at or embarked at USS Concord: ENS John Rockwell, Jr. '40 (USS Concord).


Class of 1924

Hallsted is one of 41 members of the Class of 1924 on Virtual Memorial Hall.