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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
DCFN Robert Ortlip USN
EM3 Proctor Paine USN
EDC Grady Patterson USN
SN Irvin Phillips USN
FN Roland Pothier USN
FA Robert Potts USN
FA Joseph Praul USN
QM3 Boleslaw Racinowski USN
CS3 Edmund Read USN
RMSN Eddie Reeves USN
MM3 Reginold Rhodes USN
FA Donald Roth USN
SN Richard Royce USN
SN Thomas Sawyer USN
SOSN Arthur Seel USN
FN Richard Sherrill USN
SK3 Jack Shore USN
YN3 Richard Sites USN
BT1 John Slater USN
LTJG David Smith USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships