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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 ascending Service Branch
FA Frank Zwingman USNR
QM3 James Yates USN
TA Jodie Wright USN
SD3 James Woods USN
LT F. Wolfe USNR
SA Joe Willms USN
SA Bobby Willis USN
SN Richard Willis USN
QM3 Robert Willis USN
BM3 Robert Williams USN
MM3 Chester Wilks USN
FA Benjamin White USN
FA Ervin White USN
SN Robert White USN
SA Nelson Wessel USN
BM1 James Webb USN
MM1 Walter Wassertheurer USN
CS3 Warren Washington USN
SN William Warhol USN
MM3 Joseph Walton USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships