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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
SN Richard Willis USN
SN James McFarlane USNR
SA Clayton Bryant USNR
LT F. Wolfe USNR
YNSN William Berry USNR
FA Frank Zwingman USNR
FA Alvin Bond USNR
FA H. Tanner USNR
FA James Nave USNR
SA William Allen USNR
ENS John Comins USNR
SA Richard Norman USNR
FCS2 Buell Breuer USNR
LT(MC) Zack McCord USNR
SA Edward O'Neill USNR
SN William McCrory USNR


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships