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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
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
FA Robert Brooks USN
QM3 Porter Crotts USN
SA James Fey USN
BMC Hubert Hopkins USN
MM3 William Laverty USN
EM3 Proctor Paine USN
YN3 Richard Sites USN
FA Elmer Wagner USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships