FRA president speaks at USS Hobson memorial ceremony

  • Thursday, May 9, 2013

Members of the Fleet Reserve Association (front row, from left) FRA Branch 269 president Fred Bolz, FRA Ladies Auxiliary Southeast Regional president Babe Kilgore, FRA Ladies Auxiliary Unit 269 president Gail Bolz, and FRA Branch chaplain Bobbie Sutton, (back row, from left) FRA National president Mark Kilgore, FRA past national president Don Mucheck. FRA Branch 269 past president Larry Starland, Lady Mary Lopez, Lady Linda Cox and FRA Branch 269 past president Larry Cox gathered at the USS Hobson memorial in White Point Garden. PHOTO PROVIDED

Members of the Fleet Reserve Association Low Country Branch 269 and Ladies Auxiliary Unit 269 led by Fleet Reserve Association National president, Mark Kilgore, hosted the 61st annual memorial held at the USS Hobson memorial located in White Point Garden in Charleston.

The USS Hobson was a destroyer-minesweeper built in Charleston in 1942. The ship participated in several battles during World War II, both in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. At the outbreak of the Korean War she was participating in carrier training operations when she was involved in a collision at sea with the USS Wasp. The collision broke the ship in two causing 176 crewmembers to be lost.

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