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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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
FN Richard Sherrill USN
SOSN Arthur Seel USN
SN Thomas Sawyer USN
SN Richard Royce USN
FA Donald Roth USN
MM3 Reginold Rhodes USN
RMSN Eddie Reeves USN
CS3 Edmund Read USN
QM3 Boleslaw Racinowski USN
FA Joseph Praul USN
FA Robert Potts USN
FN Roland Pothier USN
SN Irvin Phillips USN
EDC Grady Patterson USN
EM3 Proctor Paine USN
DCFN Robert Ortlip USN
SA Robert Oliveira USN
SA Edward O'Neill USNR
SA Richard Norman USNR
CS3 Casimer Norlock USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships