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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 ascending Service Branch
FN Otis Jones USN
QM1 Trenton Hummel USN
BMC Hubert Hopkins USN
EMFN Gary Hoitala USN
TA William Hogan USN
FN Ned Hess USN
FA Hugo Herman USN
MMC William Henry USN
FN Clifford Havens USN
SN Harley Haugen USN
FN Dow Hardy USN
SA Charles Hannigan USN
DK3 Roy Griffin USN
SN Adron Grammer USN
ENS Theodore Gould USN
FN James Gleason USN
SH2 Boyd Floyd USN
EM3 James Flannery USN
SA James Fey USN
MMFN Edward Erwin USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships