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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
MM3 Andrew Balzer USN
CS3 James Brobst USN
QM1 Samuel Craver USN
FN Clevy Enfinger USN
TA William Hogan USN
SN George Lambert USN
FN Richard Sherrill USN
FA Robert Vincent USN
SA Bobby Willis USN
QM3 Arthur Bass USN
MMC Joseph Brooks USN
ET2 Richard Cropsey USN
MMFN Edward Erwin USN
EMFN Gary Hoitala USN
BT3 Jack Lamison USN
DCFN Robert Ortlip USN
SK3 Jack Shore USN
SA Richard Vogtman USN
SN Richard Willis USN
FN Harold Baker USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships