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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 Alvin Bond USNR
SN Louis Bloomfield USN
SN Willie Blackburn USN
YNSN William Berry USNR
TN J. Bells USN
SA Gary Behnke USN
FN Efracio Becker USN
QM3 Arthur Bass USN
MM3 Andrew Balzer USN
QMSA David Baker USN
SH3 Sam Baker USN
FN Harold Baker USN
SN George Arayes USN
SA Lawrence Antley USN
ENFA Michael Amico USN
SA William Allen USNR


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships