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Hobson-Wasp Naval Disaster

Wednesday, 02 May, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM |

On April 26, 1952, a guard ship, the USS HOBSON, collided with a larger aircraft carrier, the USS WASP. The HOBSON split completely in two and, in less than 4 minutes, descended into the cold Atlantic water. On that dark and moonless night, 175 US Navy Sailors and their Captain were thrust brutally to the bottom of the ocean where they rest in eternal sleep. Sixty-one survivors of the HOBSON were rescued by the heroic efforts of sailors serving on the accompanying ship, the RODMAN, and on the WASP which had a huge gaping hole in her bow. This book is being written at the request of the son of one of the sailors serving on the HOBSON who died that night. This young sailor was one of the 176 who never got to go home, never experienced family again. He didn’t get to hold the child he was expecting nor care for him as he was growing up. Many stories have been shared by the survivors and witnesses of this catastrophe. This is an account of an error in judgment which resulted in a tragedy met by those who serve with competent action, integrity, kindness, and reverence for those who serve.

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712 6th Street
Charleston, IL 61920

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