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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
MMFA Malvin Wallace USN
FA Elmer Wagner USN
EM3 Horst Wagner USN
SA Richard Vogtman USN
FA Robert Vincent USN
FN William Ushock USN
MM2 David Turner USN
FA James Turner USN
HMC Joseph Torrisi USN
LCDR William Tierney USN
FA H. Tanner USNR
FN Paul Sweeny USN
MN3 George Swan USN
RD3 James Story USN
SHSN Robert Sterling USN
BM3 Monite Southworth USN
LTJG David Smith USN
BT1 John Slater USN
YN3 Richard Sites USN
SK3 Jack Shore USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships