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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
TN J. Bells USN
ET2 Oscar Burchett USN
SN Basil Davis USN
FN James Gleason USN
FN Otis Jones USN
CS1 Obie Lee USN
QM3 Robert Millington USN
FN Roland Pothier USN
BM3 Monite Southworth USN
MM3 Joseph Walton USN
SD3 James Woods USN
BTC William Callahan USN
SOSN Jerry Davis USN
ENS Theodore Gould USN
SN Frank Klimauskas USN
SA Joseph Leonard USN
QMC Carl Milton USN
FA Robert Potts USN
SHSN Robert Sterling USN
SN William Warhol USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships