The Hogan brothers had been sailing around the Pacific for a long time, never ending up in the same port. Both were homesick for family. Jake, the eldest, was career Navy. Tate had hardly been able to wait until he could enter the service. Their father had reluctantly given Tate, his youngest son, permission to join soon after he turned 17.
Tate was planning to celebrate his 20th birthday with his brother on 8 December 1941 in Hawaii. Their ships were scheduled to arrive within a couple of days of each other. Jake would arrive first, followed by Tate sometime during the afternoon of 7 December. It would be a much-anticpated reunion. Shipmates on both vessels knew the Hogans were anxious to see each other and spend shore leave together.