U.S.S. HANCOCK MEMORY CAPSULES

Things I miss about the Navy

Sentiments added by our Shipmates and Friends, inspired by
'
The Navy: We were Sailors Once'
by VAdm Harold Koenig, U.S. Navy, Retired


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My Favorite Port of Call...

My favoritePort of Call was, of course, Home, but over seas, I believe I enjoyed Japan the most, especially Sasebo.

Jake Jaccard, YN3, USS Hancock CVA-19, X (Captain's Office) Division,
1962
- 1964,
From Winchester, TN - United States
Email:
jake@yeomanbee.com
Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 12:11:41 AM

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Things I remember and miss...

I remember getting stranded on the "man over board boat" during a Man Over Board Drill on the Indian Ocean. It was overheating. The Hancock had to turn completely around and pick us up. I miss the liberty calls and seeing new places and people. I hated the sterilized milk and poor ventilation in our berthing areas. What got on my nerves: Sweepers and "Sick Bay Commando's.

Billy R. Shipley, Corpman Striker, USS Hancock, H (MEDICAL) Division,
1943
- 1976,
From Atoka, TN - United States
Email:
TCBnFlash4@aol.com
Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 12:11:11 AM

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Those I wish to Remember...

Master Chief Dewey L. Alexander. He was Ship's Secretary in 1963. A good man who influenced me more than any other man in the Navy. He died in the fire aboard ORISKANY in 1966. I will never forget him. His face is as clear to me today as it ever was and over 43 years have since passed.

Jake Jaccard, YN3, USS HANCOCK CVA-19, X (Captain's Office) Division,
1962
- 1964,
From Winchester, TN - United States
Email:
jake@yeomanbee.com
, December 9, 2006 at 12:41:33 PM

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Things I remember and miss...

THE SHIP DEPLOYMENT TO HAWAII, VERY GOOD TIME IN PORT. GUAM, JUST OK. PHILIPPINES, HOME AWAY FROM HOME. OKINAWA OK, JAPAN, VERY GOOD TIME. HONG KONG. VERY GOOD TIME. I MISS FAMILY DAY CRUISE BACK IN THE STATES. WE HAD A GREAT TIME, THE CHOW, THE MOVIES, THE STORES, WE HAD EVERY THING. YES I REALLY MISS THAT WAY OF LIFE. IF ONLY I COULD LIVE THIS ONE MORE TIME

AKC J. D. BROOKS, SH3, MAA FORCE, S-3 (SUPPLY) Division,
1958
- 1961,
From DESOTO, TX - United States
Email:
jd.brooks@sbcglobal.net
, October 7, 2006 at 1:36:19 AM

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An Experience I'll never forget...

Steaming into Alameda after my first Westpac cruise. Passing under the Golden Gate bridge, the fog was high, and came just to the bottom of the bridge. You couldn't see anything above the bottom. As we passed under the bridge, I looked up in time to see hundreds of flowers falling out of the fog from the people on the bridge who came to welcome us home

Lynn Hahn, FN, USS Hancock, A (ENGINEERING) Division,
1966
- 1968,
From San Jose, CA - United States
Email:
lhcat@sbcglobal.net
Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 11:40:46 PM

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Things I remember and miss...

Going up to the flight deck when in port, and at sea, when no flight operations were going on, and laying in the safety nets around the flight decks to soak up sun and fresh air.

Joseph F. Reynolds, FN, westpac, A (ENGINEERING) Division,
1964
- 1967,
From Reno, NV - United States
Email:
LincolnMKIV@sbcglobal.net
Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 6:40:36 PM

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Things I remember and miss...

Feeling the ocean mist in my face as we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge on our first shakedown cruise after a long overhaul in Alameda. That was my first time to sail on a Navy vessel. Then cruising into Honolulu on her last cruise in 1975. We made history on that last cruise as Saigon fell and we took on some 1500 Vietnamese refugees. After that it was the signts, sounds fragrances of the Phillipines, Hong Kong and Singapore. All of it an adventure I will never forget. To this date, my favorite vacation is a cruise that takes me to the ocean once again. As I cruise on a luxuray ship I always reminise about the days on the Hancock. I will never forget her and will always cherish the days I wore the uniform of the US Navy.

Randy Hudson, HM2, USS Hancock CV 19, H (MEDICAL) Division,
1973
- 1976,
From Lubbock, TX - United States
Email:
RHudson47@msn.com
Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 7:33:37 AM

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What I liked most about my Navy Days...

THAT I WAS YOUNG DUMB AND FULL OF COME ON WORLD ILL TAKE YOU ON ONE AT A TIME OR ALL AT ONCE. RODE A BOSUNS CHAIR DURING AN UNREP IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA TO BOARD THE HANCOCK. AFTER RIDING THE TIN CAN FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS THE OLE HANNAH WAS LIKE LIVING ON EASY STREET. LIKED COMING BACK FROM LIBERTY AND SEEING THE OLD GIRL SETTING AT THE PIER WAITING FOR ME. WARM RACK GREAT CHOW AND UNSINKABLE.

THOMAS KARR, RM3, USS UHLMANN DD 687, CR (COMMUNICATIONS) Division,
1965
- 1967,
From LUMBERTON, TX - United States
Email:
THOLOUISE2@AOL.COM
Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 12:02:10 AM

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Things I remember and miss...

Quiet duty nights up in the Captain's Office.. listening to music on a stereo tape deck I bought in Yokusuka, Japan. Sleeping out on the catwalks during hot nights in the South China Sea and gazing up at the stars which were so close you could reach out and pick them.. these are things I miss the most. Jake

Jake Jaccard, YN3, U.S.S. HANCOCK CVA-19, X (Captain's Office) Division, 1962 - 1964,
From Winchester, TN - United States
Email:
jake@yeomanbee.com
Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 12:53:38 AM

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Things I remember and miss...

Going up to 'Vultures Row' on the 07 Level of the Island and watching Air Ops; the excitement never ceasing. Bridge Watches, and participating in the Excitement on the Bridge.. Sitting Forward on the Flight Deck during "Holiday Routine" and feeling the stiff breezes blowing through my hair.. the exhilarating feeling of it - and never since feeling quite alive as I did then.. The long chow lines and the great food - these are the things I miss.

Jake Jaccard, YN3, X (Captain's Office) Division, 1962 - 1964,
From Winchester, TN - United States
Email:
jake@yeomanbee.com
Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 12:53:38 AM

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