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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
MM1 Joseph Kovack USN
LTJG Robert Kreger USN
SA Kazan Kruichak USN
BT3 Charles Kuney USN
FN Raymond Kunz USN
SA Harold Kupper USN
SA Frank Lacio USN
SN George Lambert USN
BT3 Jack Lamison USN
MM3 William Laverty USN
ENS Byrn Lea USN
MM3 Morris Lebert USN
CS1 Obie Lee USN
SA Joseph Leonard USN
FA Karl Lewis USN
SN Lawrence Lindsay USN
MM2 Edward Liska USN
SA Clarence Lowe USN
MMC William Mansfield USN
FA A. Martin USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships