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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 Paul Cole USN
BMC John Cofer USN
SN John Clements USN
WO Maurice Cleary USN
BM3 Casimir Chrobak USN
SN Patrick Carr USN
SA Harold Carlson USN
BTC William Callahan USN
MM Dwight Burr USN
ET2 Oscar Burchett USN
SN Ernest Buckner USN
SA Clayton Bryant USNR
MMC Joseph Brooks USN
FA Robert Brooks USN
CS3 James Brobst USN
FCS2 Buell Breuer USNR
RMSA John Brennan USN
BT3 Wallace Braunschweig USN
FT3 Julian Booker USN
SD2 Leroy Boney USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships