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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 ascending
MM1 Joseph Kovack USN
MM2 Edward Liska USN
SK3 James Moss USN
CS3 Edmund Read USN
FN Paul Sweeny USN
BM1 James Webb USN
WO Maurice Cleary USN
ENFA Michael Amico USN
SD2 Leroy Boney USN
SN John Clements USN
MMFN Herman Duke USN
FN Dow Hardy USN
LTJG Robert Kreger USN
SA Clarence Lowe USN
FA Kenneth Mullin USN
RMSN Eddie Reeves USN
SA Nelson Wessel USN
SA Lawrence Antley USN
FT3 Julian Booker USN
BMC John Cofer USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships