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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
BM3 Monite Southworth USN
SHSN Robert Sterling USN
RD3 James Story USN
MN3 George Swan USN
FN Paul Sweeny USN
FA H. Tanner USNR
LCDR William Tierney USN
HMC Joseph Torrisi USN
MM2 David Turner USN
FA James Turner USN
FN William Ushock USN
FA Robert Vincent USN
SA Richard Vogtman USN
FA Elmer Wagner USN
EM3 Horst Wagner USN
MMFA Malvin Wallace USN
MM3 Joseph Walton USN
SN William Warhol USN
CS3 Warren Washington USN
MM1 Walter Wassertheurer USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships