ARMED FORCES: Riddle of the Hobson

A board of three rear admirals last week fixed the blame for the mid-Atlantic collision between the aircraft carrier Wasp and the destroyer-minesweeper Hobson last April (TIME, May 5). The convicted culprit was not there to hear the verdict: Commanding Officer William J. Tierney went down with his ship and 175 of his men.

Lieut. Commander Tierney, concluded the board, committed a "grave error of judgment" in making a sharp left turn into the path of the onrushing Wasp. This turn was the "sole cause" of the collision, said the admirals, completely absolving the Wasp's Captain Burnham C....

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