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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
QMSA David Baker USN
RMSA John Brennan USN
BMSN Richard Cornell USN
SKSN Robert Eisenach USN
FA Hugo Herman USN
SA Harold Kupper USN
SN Charles McAnulty USN
SN Thomas Sawyer USN
FA James Turner USN
MM3 Chester Wilks USN
SH3 Sam Baker USN
SN William Costello USN
SA Roland Ellis USN
FN Ned Hess USN
SA Frank Lacio USN
RMSN James McBride USN
SA Robert Oliveira USN
SOSN Arthur Seel USN
FN William Ushock USN
BM3 Robert Williams USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships