YN3 Richard P. Sites
Record NO: (645)
Rank / Rate
War of Service
Non War Ops
Date of birth
Feb 13, 1923
Place of birth / home town
Family Members
High School
St. Rose
Enlistment Date
Service Number
Unit / Ship / duty Station
USS Hobson (DD-464/DMS-26)
Date of Casuality
Apr 26, 1952
Cause of Death or Status
Place of Incident
North Atlantic Ocean; 700 miles west of Azores About 30°59'17.30" N 40°28'48.18" W [ https://allencountyveterans.org/images/vetpages/hobson-location1.jpg ]
Place of Burial or Memorial
Lost at Sea: Memorialized at Arlington National Cemetery Plot Memorial Section K Site 52
[ https://allencountyveterans.org/images/vetpages/hobson-location1.jpg ] 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.