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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
BT3 Charles Kuney USN
FA A. Martin USN
FN Thomas Noonan USN
FA Donald Roth USN
LCDR William Tierney USN
FA Ervin White USN
SN George Arayes USN
MM Dwight Burr USN
SA Harry Eisenbrey USN
MMC William Henry USN
FN Raymond Kunz USN
EN3 Cecil Mauzy USN
CS3 Casimer Norlock USN
SN Richard Royce USN
MM2 David Turner USN
SN Robert White USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships