All hands muster on Stations
I can still see the entire crew hurrying after morning chow, hear the noise and clamor of 3000 men rushing to muster on stations in the morning.. this activity usually took place on the Hangar Deck...
It was here that I felt a sense of pride knowing I was a part of this huge assemblage, known as our Crew. We were a 'together-crew,' and it had been said of Hancock, that she was a ONE CREW SHIP. Although mustering by many Divisions, there was no division between us. No division between ship's company and the Squadron crews either. When they came aboard ship, they became ONE with us.
A Ship also Musters on Stations
Hancock's Deployments From Her Second Commissioning
Dates - Depart U.S. - To Arrive U.S.
August 1955 - March 1956
April 1957 - September 1957
Japan, Okinawa. Formosa, Hong Kong
February 1958 - October 1958
August 1959 - January 1960
August 1960 - March 1961
February 1962 - August 1962
September 1963 - January 1964
October 1964 - May 1965
1st Vietnam cruise (82 line days)
November 1965 - August 1966
2nd Vietnam cruise (143 line days)
January 1967 - July 1967
3rd Vietnam cruise (102 line days)
July 1968 - March 1969
4th Vietnam cruise (107 line days)
August 1969 - April 1970
5th Vietnam cruise (115 tine days)
October 1970 - June 1971
6th Vietnam cruise (100 line days)
January 1972 - October 8972
7th Vietnam cruise (165 line days)
May 1973 - January 1974
8th Vietnam cruise (20 line days)
April 1975 - October 1975
We were a hard working crew who lived up to our motto, "Can do, do it now," which was borne of a tradition as old as the ship itself, and maybe as old as the United States Navy.
A motto she lived up to, from her earliest days in 1944, through the long, hard days on line, during her 7 WWII Combat cruises and Magic Carpet, and then later, during her 8 Vietnam deployments, mustering herself on Dixie and Yankee stations during the Vietnam war and finally, the evacuation of military personnel from Laos and Cambodia (Operation Eagle Pull) and later, the American Embassy in Saigon -1975 (Operation Frequent Wind). Hannah kept her commitments - never missing one.
She had another motto, which I can remember well, "When the going gets tough, the tough (Hancock) get's going..." We were, after all, "Ready Power for Peace" in the far east, which none of us will ever forget.
These were our coming of age years; years that today bring us much pleasure in recollection. I stand with you today at Muster..
The Spirits of all who graced her decks, are beside me... can you see yourself? Can you see your buddy next to you.. those faces? Feel the excitement?
Because we live on, so will the Fighting Hannah, and when we no longer grace this earth, may these memories keep us on the same true course another thousand years.
The memories of such camaraderie and kinship will forever be a part of us, for we are a Crew, but in that Day, we will know that there will no longer be a need for such a Navy as ours, for that Future Government will have no need to amass such a Navy, nor fight again in another War.. nor have need to build such mighty ships as was our...
But until that Day dawns, the United States Navy will continue to be the Mightiest Navy in the World!
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