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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
FN James Gleason USN
ENS Theodore Gould USN
SN Adron Grammer USN
DK3 Roy Griffin USN
SA Charles Hannigan USN
FN Dow Hardy USN
SN Harley Haugen USN
FN Clifford Havens USN
MMC William Henry USN
FA Hugo Herman USN
FN Ned Hess USN
TA William Hogan USN
EMFN Gary Hoitala USN
BMC Hubert Hopkins USN
QM1 Trenton Hummel USN
SN Homer Jones USN
FN Otis Jones USN
SN Frank Klimauskas USN
MM1 Loring Kline USN
EMFA John Kotzman USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships