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USS Hogan (DD-178/DMS-6/AG-105)

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USS Hogan (DD-178) was launched by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, Calif., 12 April 1919; sponsored by Mrs. Magnus A. Anderson, a sister of the Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane; and commissioned 1 October 1919, Lt. Comdr. B. M. Williams in command.

After shakedown USS Hogan (DD-178) arrived San Diego 21 November to join the Pacific Destroyer Force. From 23 November to 6 February 1920 she sailed in company with her division and engaged in fleet maneuvers, patrol duty, torpedo exercises and target practice along the California coast. On 25 March she departed for Hawaii, where she operated for the next month. The destroyer rejoined her squadron at San Diego in late April for 5 months of gunnery exercises and trial runs in that area. She returned to San Diego in early 1921 and engaged in important experimental torpedo practice and divisional operations until 9 December. For the remainder of her service USS Hogan (DD-178) assisted U.S. battleships in conducting torpedo firing exercises in the Pacific. She decommissioned at San Diego 27 May 1922.

Recommissioned 7 August 1940, USS Hogan (DD-178) underwent conversion to a high speed minesweeper at Mare Island and reclassified DMS-6. Her activity up to World War II consisted mainly of intensified minesweeper training and patrol duty in the Caribbean and along the Eastern Coast. USS Hogan (DMS-6) next returned to coastal convoy duties until November 1943. She sailed 13 November from Norfolk to join the Pacific Fleet, transited the Panama Canal, arriving Mare Island 5 December. The minesweeper was needed for the first phase of the long island campaign toward Japan, the invasion of the Marshalls, and sailed for Pearl Harbor and Kwajalein 16 January 1944. Hogan (DMS-6) carried out antisubmarine patrol off Roi Island before departing 4 February for Espiritu Santo, where she arrived 27 February.

USS Hogan (DMS-6) sailed from Eniwetok 10 June to make preliminary sweeps of Saipan for the invasion to come. She remained off Saipan during the assault 15 June, coming under enemy shore fire, and moved to Guam the next day. USS Hogan (DMS-6) returned to the staging base at Eniwetok 30 June, but returned to Guam 12 July to carry out screening and mine-sweeping duties for the assault there. She arrived Espiritu Santo 5 August 1944.

After retiring to Tinian, USS Hogan (DMS-6) sailed once more 7 February to take part in the important assault on Iwo Jima. During this operation she swept mines, screened transports, and carried out shore bombardment before departing with a group of battleships and their escorts 7 March. Arriving Pearl Harbor 13 April via Ulithi she continued to San Diego 3 May 1945.

USS Hogan (DMS-6) underwent major repairs and reclassified AG-105 5 June 1945. The veteran ship was assigned as a target ship for bombing tests and was sunk off San Diego 8 November 1945.

For a complete history of USS Hogan (DD-178/DMS-6/AG-105) please see its DANFS page.