USS Hocking (APA-121) was a Haskell-class attack transport of the United States Navy (Displacement: 6,873 tons; Length: 455 ft (139 m); Beam: 62 ft (19 m); Draft: 24 ft (7.3 m); Speed: 17 knots). She was built and used during World War II. She was of the VC2-S-AP5 Victory ship design type. Hocking was named for Hocking County, Ohio.
The U.S.S. Hocking was an assault transport ship that was commissioned in 1944 and served for two years during World War II. The USS Hocking received battle stars for its service in Iwo Jima and Okinawa transporting wounded soldiers to hospitals in the Pacific.
After serving faithfully during the war, the ship was decommissioned on March 10, 1946 and in 1974 it was disassembled and scrapped.
(Ohio Revised Code: 5.2256 U.S.S. Hocking day.)
The twenty-second day of October is designated "U.S.S. Hocking Day," in honor of the distinguished career of the U.S.S. Hocking, a World War II attack transport ship, the navy crew who served on it, and the marines who were carried into battle on it. (Effective Date: 2008 SB243 04-07-2009)
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