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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
FN Clevy Enfinger USN
SA Roland Ellis USN
SA Harry Eisenbrey USN
SKSN Robert Eisenach USN
BTL1 Samuel Earnst USN
FN Joseph Dunst USN
MMFN Herman Duke USN
MMFA Frank Dingman USN
SA Norman Deuel USN
FT3 James Degaglia USN
SN Basil Davis USN
SOSN Jerry Davis USN
BMSN Donald Cutler USN
ETSN Merrill Culham USN
QM3 Porter Crotts USN
ET2 Richard Cropsey USN
QM1 Samuel Craver USN
SN William Costello USN
BMSN Richard Cornell USN
ENS John Comins USNR


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships