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. Hallsted's memory marker is in Arlington National Cemetery.

Namesake

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


Class of 1924

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