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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, April 26, 1952
Collision with USS Wasp
During operations as a plane guard and screening ship, with carrier Wasp, Hobson was steaming in formation 700 miles west of the Azores on the night of 26 April 1952. While the ships turned into the wind so that Wasp could recover aircraft, Hobson crossed the carrier's bow from starboard to port and was struck amidships. The force of the collision rolled the destroyer-minesweeper over, breaking her in two. Rodman and Wasp rescued many survivors, but the ship and 176 of her crew were lost, including her Commanding Officer, Lt. Comdr. W. J. Tierney. Thus ended in tragedy the long career of a gallant ship.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 176

Namesort descending Service Branch
EN3 Cecil Mauzy USN
SN Charles McAnulty USN
RMSN James McBride USN
LT(MC) Zack McCord USNR
SN William McCrory USNR
SN James McFarlane USNR
BT1 Stanley McManus USN
SA Francis Merdzinske USN
QM3 Robert Millington USN
QMC Carl Milton USN
BT3 Robert Moceika USN
HM2 Harold Morgan USN
SK3 James Moss USN
FA Kenneth Mullin USN
FA James Nave USNR
FN Thomas Noonan USN
CS3 Casimer Norlock USN
SA Richard Norman USNR
SA Edward O'Neill USNR
SA Robert Oliveira USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships