Quartermaster 1/c Stephen Vincent Hoschler

Born 22 Jan 1919

Died 02 Feb 1951

Photo taken at home, Akron, Iowa

USS Partridge

~Above photograph taken on Treasure Island

Unidentified Sailor & Stephen V. Hoschler


Quartermaster 1/c Stephen V. Hoschler

"The dog was the ship mascot named “Fleabags.” The two Japanese boys were hired Mess Boys paid $15.00 a month. I don’t know their names. They were killed instantly as they were fixing lunch in the galley at the time of the explosion underneath them." ~submitted by Kim Callahan

"These are photographs of my uncle Steve “Shorty” Hoschler who was in the U.S. Navy. He was called “Shorty” by his shipmates for a reason. Very noticeable in his dress whites and in the one wearing he is squatting holding a beer. The ship pictures in the USS Partridge (AMS-31) which was a mine-sweeper. The ship exploded and sank on Feb. 2, 1951 at Inchon Harbor after striking a mine. The USS Partridge along with several other mine-sweepers were clearing mines for the battleship USS Missouri at the time. The mine apparently slipped under the mine-sweeper in front of the Partridge and popped back up underneath their hull. These were wooden ship as it was better to use them when removing mines. The last picture of the mushroom cloud was taken in the late 1940’s at Bikini Island. These where H-Bomb tests being conducted. Steve at that time was assigned to the USS McKinley." ~submitted by Kim Callahan