Credits and Kudos Section

James R. BarbourKudos go out to James R. Barbour, Website Flight Deck and Aircraft History Coodinator and Admin Assistant, for his assistance in Flight Deck History and his desire to help in the construction of this website.

His friendship and support is noteable as is his character and desire to see that the "Fighting Hannah" continues to be remembered.

Excellence was the Benchmark of our ship and Crew. Jim's life and commitment during his time aboard the Hannah was exemplary and this same devotion to duty and our ship, continues today.

While the Marine Corps is looking for a few good men, the Crew of the USS Hancock were all good men, for which we all are proud. Had the Yeoman the space on here, he's make sure every last one of the Crew had a special place on this website, and they do, in spirit.

The Yeoman wishes that all view the Special Crew Award before they go ashore.

Earl P. Ayres came about the Cyber-Hannah in July of 2001 and promptly donated many pictures to our WWII Gallery. Had he not done so, our galleries would only be mediocre, and never in the Hannah's history was she ever mediocre, for Mediocrity was never a part of the Hancock Mind-set. We all lived the "Can do...do now" motto. Earl came through again, with this tremendous contribution to the WWII Gallery, and thus deserves kudos by this Website and is why we are hailing him here. Make sure you visit the Earl P. Ayres Extended WWII Gallery!






To Richard A. Kirsch, Special Thanks and Kudos are sent, for his wonderful contribution of the Middle Years Extended Gallery! As you may have known, our Middle Years Gallery, which cover the time between Mothballing at the end of WWII through 1954, when the Hannah was once again re-commissioned, was not covered very well on this website, due to the lack of information and pictures. However, the year 2001 ended on a wonderful note, when Rich came forward and reported that he was a former "Key Runner" during the long refitting period prior to re-commissioning - classified as a Plank Owner, he was later sent to the Photo Lab on the Hannah, where he worked for the rest of his time on the ship, eventually becoming a PH3 there.

During this time, he was privy to take many fine photos of our ship, in all class of circumstances, and today, this website is privilege to have many of these fine photos added to our Galleries. Now, it can be said, that the "Middle Years Gallery" is no longer lean and looking like a Jake; but is par with all the other Galleries on the Cyber-Hannah. So therefore, Special Kudos go out to Richard A. Kirsch, PH3, USN, for his wonderful contribution to the Hancock Memorial. Thanks Rich!

Special Thanks go out to the Late Doctor Andy Gibbons for his long-time friendship and support of this website, and his many contributions of Articles to the Public Information Office on the Hancock Memorial. Andy served during the Magic Carpet years and is very proud of his service aboard the Hancock. The Admin Department here, is also proud and grateful for his help and his many contributions, so "Doc", please accept our Gratitude and our hoo-yahs!

Special Thanks go out to Richard E. Roberts, GMT3, W-Division, USN Retired, for his contribution of 'I Remember you, USS Hancock CVA-19' - reflecting eloquently all of our common sentiment about the 'Fighting Hannah'

Website Gallery Contributors Named and Unnamed

Unnamed? Yes, it's a Fact that many of our visitors and former Shipmates have sent pictures to the Yeoman where no true credit can be given, and when there is such a situation where no known source for credit is known or provided, we just need to thank those who took the pictures, but unfortunately they must go un-named and unheralded. If any image in any of our Galleries are yours, please let us know so we can correct this oversight right away. We do not wish to take any credit where credit is not due; we're also equally concerned that due credit is given when known sources are discovered. Meanwhile to those unknown sources of images on this website, we say a hearty Thanks!!

I'd be remiss if I didn't give Kudos to all those who contributed to our Website Galleries. Most of these are known contributors of which I have given a Special Place of Honor on this Website in our Galleries Section; however I'd like to take special notice of some of the guys who have helped make this Website what it is - a Lasting Tribute to Ship and Crew. The best way to do that is by providing good images of the Ship and Shipboard life. We must make certain mention of several Hancock Shipmates who have gone the extra mile in providing these Memory joggers - Photos - within the Hancock Memorials Shipboard Galleries..

  • Kudos go out to Earl P. Ayres, WWII Shipmate and former Hospital Corpsman who witnessed the death and destruction that took place on Hannah's Flight Deck during the terrible tragedies of early 1945. He has kept these memories alive through a very extensive photo picture book, which we are proud to have on this Website. Earl certainly deserves Special Mention for his Gallery here present and we of Admin Department along with the rest of you, would like to join in a Hand Salute to Earl for his gift to all of us. Hand Salute, Earl - Long may your memories live on with yourself as well as with all of us!

  • Kenneth Groom, YN, Admin Office, USS Hancock - Ken contribed his own images for our Middle Years - Post Re-Commissioning Years Gallery. Ken provided us with very Unique photos of the post-WWII re-commissioning years of Hancock's continuing legacy of Service and Pride. Ken is worthy of Special Kudos in this regard. Ken is also an accomplished Ship Model Builder. Thank you Ken from all of us Hancock Shipmates!!

  • Richard A. Kirsch - provider of our Second Middle Years - Post Re-Commissioning Years Gallery, has many wonderful images of Flight Deck Operations and Shipboard life, as Rich was a Photographers Mate in OP Division and his willingness to share both his many photos of Hancock Life, as well as his esteemed friendship to the Yeoman, makes him worthy of Special Mention and Honorary Kudos, Hand Salute to both Ken and Rich for their Middle Years Galleries!!!

Kudos go out to those contributors to our Vietnam Era Galleries!!

  • David Thomas, AO2-1, an "Ordie" from VU-1 contributed a nice collection of Flight Deck imagery which he took aboard the Hancock at various times, during her ORI's - Operation Readiness Inspections - and is worthy of Honorary Mention here and Special Kudos, as his images are A-1 in quality! So Hand Salute to you, Dave for all you have done to make this Website also, A-1!


Visit our Newest Gallery -
The 'Fred A. Kralowetz's VAW-11 Detachment Lima Gallery'
U.S.S. Hancock CVA-19 WestPac '63-65 Cruises

Most recently (as of 1 April 2006), we have had the terrific satisfaction in having one of our CAG Squadron Members from VAW-11 Detachment Lima, Frederick A. Kralowetz, AVCM, USNR (Retired) contribute a VERY EXTENSIVE PHOTO JOURNAL of his times aboard the Hancock (early '60s and during the same time that the I was aboard - WestPac '63.
Fred's Gallery is by far, one of the few most extensive Photo Galleries on the Internet of the USS Hancock CVA-19, ranking up there along with the Michael T. Postolan USS Hancock Vietnam Era Gallery, this gallery will have a "Reflective" affect on you that will bring you back time after time. It has for the Yeoman, and why this VERY SPECIAL KUDOS are going out to Fred for his kindness in wishing to share the Memories with all of us, who were not able to take the photos he did while on the Flight Deck, which is, incidentally one of the most dangerous jobs in the world! So Special kudos and our eternal gratitude goes out to Fred for his gift to all of us! Hand Salute, Fred!!

And Hand Salute to all of those who continue to share their Memories in Photos, Sea Stories, etc., with all of us "Old Salts" and Naval aficionados around the world!! Job Well Done to all of you!!

Capt Herschel A. Pahl, USNA Hand Salute also should be given to our Late WWII Admin Assistant and Aviation Specialist, Capt Herschel A. Pahl who had lent his help and suggestions to this Website in improving the WWII History on this Website for the space of five years.

Your Yeoman became acquainted with WWII Naval Aviator Capt Herschel A. Pahl, USN, (Dec) some years back, who has been writing interesting and informative Emails which led to a lasting friendship and not long thereafter, became our WWII Admin Assistant. At that time, Captain Hersch Pahl presented me with a gift of his wonderful book, "Point Option" - one of the best WWII History Books I have had the privilege to own and read. It is his story of service in the Pacific during World War II - a very interesting epic, which you can also buy at his Books Website (see Link below).

Any Questions on WWII History of the Hancock or the War in the Pacific should be be answered by this visit to his Site or from a good Read of his "Point Option".

Captain Herschel A. Pahl "Crossed over the Bar" on 17 October 2010. May he rest in Eternal Peace!

Please continue to honor him along with our WWII Veterans by visiting our WWII Tribute Section on this Website located here.

Also please be sure to visit his Book Website as I, being his Webmaster, will continue being so, until I can no longer continue this very important work...


Hersch Pahl Books


Shipmates, I'd also be remiss if I didn't give ample and due credit to those whose labors originally were put to the task back in 1963, to create one of the best LOG-19 Cruise Books, capturing a WestPac in that moment in history, when Vietnam was at the Doors.

Therefore, I am including the Credits Page from LOG-19, below, that you may once more, remember that, had we not such gifted guys working to give us these Memories, which this Site is solely the result of, this site would not exist.

So please read what the Editor had to say and feel the Moments return, to one dark time in November, 1963, when our "Captain was fallen, cold and dead..."

LOG-19 EDITORS NOTES

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1963, WAS A BLACK DAY ABOARD THE HANCOCK, AS WE AWOKE TO THE NEWS THAT PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY HAD DIED OF AN ASSASSIN'S BULLET. ON THAT SAME DAY THE EDITORSHIP OF LOG 19 WAS TURNED OVER TO ME, AND WITH A HANDPICKED CREW OF EXPERTS, I WENT TO TOKYO TO COMPILE THIS JOURNAL OF THE 1963 WESTPAC CRUISE.

AS WE TRAVELED NORTH, WITH THIS GREAT RESPONSIBILITY UPON OUR SHOULDERS, WE TOOK STRENGTH FROM THE LIFE OF THIS GREAT MAN, AND COULD THINK OF NO FINER TRIBUTE THAN TO DEDICATE THIS WORK TO HIS MEMORY.

OUR JOB WAS DIFFICULT, BUT WITHOUT THE EFFORTS OFCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN CDR. J.J. GALLEGHER, ENS JIM MILLER, CHIEF KIMBALL, AND THE PHOTO LAB CREW, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPOSSIBLE. THEIR LONG HOURS OF WORK, AND THE THOUSANDS OF PICTURES THEY PROVIDED ARE DEEPLY APPRECIATED. I THINK YOU WILL AGREE THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHS IN THIS LOG 19 ARE THE BEST. ALSO A NOTE OF THANKS IS DUE RONALD BLOOMQUIST OF FOX DIVISION WHOSE WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS INTRODUCE OUR PORTS OF CALL, AND TO FABIAN BACHRACH FOR HIS PORTRAIT OF THE LATE PRESIDENT KENNEDY.

MOST OF ALL, I WISH TO THANK THE STAFF OF THIS LOG 19, FOR THE COUNTLESS HOURS OF WORK WHICH THEY PUT IN TO GIVE YOU THE FINEST CRUISE BOOK POSSIBLE. TO BOB MILLER, WHO ALWAYS HAD THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPH, DON DERRYBERRY, WHO ALWAYS PROVIDED THE RIGHT WORDS, AND GRANT GASTON, WHO ALWAYS HAD HIS BRUSH IN HAND TO PROVIDE THE ARTWORK, I WISH TO ADD MY PERSONAL THANKS, FOR WITHOUT THEM THERE WOULD BE NO BOOK.

TO SEIKE-SAN AND ALL THE STAFF OF DAITO, WHOSE ENTHUSIASM AND ENCOURAGEMENT HELPED US WHEN THE GOING GOT A LITTLE ROUGH, A VERY SPECIAL DOMOARIGATO.

THIS IS YOUR BOOK, A RECORD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND IT IS THE HOPE OF THE ENTIRE LOG 19 STAFF THAT IN THE YEARS TO COME, AS YOU LEAF BACK THROUGH ITS PAGES IT WILL HELP TO RECALL MANY FOND MEMORIES OF THIS CRUISE IN WESTPAC.

BARRY GASTROCK
EDITOR

Some Graphics on this site are courtesy of Turner Publishing Company, for the U.S.S. Hancock CV/CVA-19 History Book
for which we are greatly indebt and send Kudos out to them and
to those who furnished their pictures for the publishing of this book,
which benefitted the USS Hancock CV/CVA-19 Memorial

Special Recognition & Achievement Award Recipients


Email Yeoman Jake

Email the Yeoman

Job Well Done !!!

Special Kudos for Hannah and Crew during Operation Frequent Wind - 1975

Communiqué from Commanding General to all men of the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade

Jake's 'Yankee Station' - USS Hancock CV/CVA-19 Memorial History

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