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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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
QM3 Robert Willis USN
FN Efracio Becker USN
ETSN Merrill Culham USN
EM3 James Flannery USN
QM1 Trenton Hummel USN
ENS Byrn Lea USN
BT1 Stanley McManus USN
EDC Grady Patterson USN
BT1 John Slater USN
EM3 Horst Wagner USN
SA Joe Willms USN
SA Gary Behnke USN
SN Ernest Buckner USN
BMSN Donald Cutler USN
SH2 Boyd Floyd USN
SN Homer Jones USN
MM3 Morris Lebert USN
SA Francis Merdzinske USN
SN Irvin Phillips USN
LTJG David Smith USN