Operational History (Summary) of the USS HANCOCK CV/CVA-19

by Rudolf J. Friederich - April 2, 1990

Years marked in Green were inactive or refitting  periods

| 1943 | 1944 | 1945 | 1946 | 1947 | 1948 | 1949 | 1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1954 | 1955 | 1956 | | 1957 | 1958 | 1959 | 1960 | 1961 | 1962 | 1963 | 1964 | 1965 - 1966 | 1967 | 1968 | 1969 | 1970 | 1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 |

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Date     Code           Summary

430126 A1 CV19, USS HANCOCK, Essex Class, Hancock modernization

430126 AA Built as Bethlehem, Quincy, MA Yard. Cost $68,300,000.

430126 C1 Keel laid with name USS TICONDEROGA

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440124 AB Launched by Mrs.DeWitt C. Ramsey, RADM, Chief of BuAir

440124 BF John Hancock Life Insurance. Bond drive for name change

440124 DF 4-launghing of ship, view from water, Pro 3/44

440415 AC Commissioned at Quincy, MA Bethlehem yards

440415 CJ Named: John Hancock, President of Continental Congress

440415 GF CVG-7 Attached to 28 Jan 45

440522 BK Norfold, Trinidad, Venezuela shakedown cruise

440731 HA Leaves Boston, San Diego, Pearl Harbor transit

440924 BB Leaves Pearl Harbor for Ulithi staging area

441010 WP Leyte Operations, Okinawa Strike

441014 BH 1 bomb hit causes minor damage off Formosa

441118 CG F6F Hellcat burns as belly tank drops on landing, explodes

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450106 WR Luzon Operations

450112 BB First Vietnam attack, Saigon harbor with CV-14

450121 BB 500 lb. bomb explodes on deck during taxi. 50 die, 75 injured

450128 GF CVG-80 attached to 9 March 45

450215 WS Iwo Jima Operation

450300 GF CVG-6 attached to August 1945

450318 WT Okinawa Gunto operations with Kyushu strikes, ends 7 April

450407 BH Jap bomb on catapult kills 62, injures 71, off Okinawa

450710 WU Japan Operations, 3rd Fleet begins with Tokyo Plains raid

450727 GD Carrier aircraft whip assignment code, U

450815 BA 5 battle stars for WWII Pacific Service

450815 BD Navy Unit Commendation

450815 DA USS Hancock, FIGHTIN HANNAH, 19 pp. Distributed to crew

450930 MC Magic Carpet from Okinawa with 1500 servicemen

451012 DA Gallery, Daniel WAR HISTORY OF USS Hancock, CV-19 81pp.

451021 ME World War II homecoming to San Pedro, CA

451102 MC 451204 Magic Carpet: Admiralty Is. With 3999 servicemen

451211 MC 460103 Magic Carpet: Manilla, P.I. with 3773 troops

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460311 MC 460423 Magic Carpet: Saipan, Guam, Alameda

460311 ND Delivers CVG-80 & 19 to Saipan, to Guam, Returns 2 groups

460608 DA Kernahan, G. Bombing Squadron Seven, AmerAirHistSoc 3/86

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470509 AF 540301 : Decommissioned at Bremerton, WA, reserve status

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510717 AJ 540301 : 1st modernization, SCB-27C at Puget Sound yard

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521001 AH Designated CVA-19, attack carrier

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540200 CA Previous homeport: San Diego to 18 January 60

540215 AE Recommissioned at Puget Sound Navy Yard

540617 MF 1st steam catapult launch, 5B-2F Tracker of VS-38

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550714 CG F7U-3 of VF-124 fiery deck crashes after ramp landing hit

550810 FF 560315 : 1st WestPac cruise, Philippines, Okinawa

550810 GC CVG-12 embarked, Tail code D

550824 AJ 561115 : 2nd modernization, SCB-125 at San Francisco yard

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570101 DF 4-enclosed bow, angle deck, port aerial view, Pro 8/57

570406 FF 570918 : 2nd WestPac, Japan, Okinawa, Formosa, Hong Kong

570406 GC ATG-2 embarked, Tail code NB

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580215 FF 581002 : 3rd WestPac cruise, Japan, Taiwan coast support

580215 GC CVG-15 embarked, Tail code NL

580823 EF Taiwan Expeditionary Force service dates; to 9 Sep 58

581003 DG Spellout : OUR TOWN (San Francisco) on homecoming

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590630 DI Navy Battle "E" for Pacific awarded for fiscal 1959

590700 CF Gala San Francisco open house draws 20,396 people 1st day

590801 FF 600118 : 4th WestPac cruise, Laos contingency ops

590801 GC CVG-15 embarked, Tail code NL

590914 EE Quomoy-Matsu Expeditionary Force service dates; 17 Sep 59

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600200 BF First moon relay photographs taken of the Spellout

600200 DG Spellout : MOON RELAY

600800 FF 610319 : 5th WestPac cruise, Laos contingency, Philippines

600800 GC CVG-11 embarked, Tail code NH

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610319 DO Ports of call : Manila, Hong Kong, Guam, Yokosuka

610400 AK Overhaul period at Puget Sound NSY

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620202 FF 620820 : 6th WestPac cruise, South Vietnam, Quomoy Is. Ops

620202 GC CVG-21 embarked, Tail code NP

620310 EH Vietnam Expeditionary Force service dates; 20 May 62

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630607 FF 631216 : 7th WestPac cruise, South Korea deployment

630607 GC CVG-21 embarked, Tail code NP

630828 EH Vietnam Expeditionary Force service dates; to 10 Nov 63

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640600 CB Homeport report for all Vietnam cruises: North Island, CA

641021 FN 650529 : 1st Vietnam war cruise, Japan, 82 line days

641021 GC CVW-21 embarked, Tail code NP

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650000 DF 3-aerial starboard bow view, 1965 photo, Pro 8/72 p.39

651110 FN 660801 : 2nd Vietnam war cruise. Hong Kong. 143 line days

651110 GC CVW-21 embarked, Tail code NP

660801 (The Yeoman inserted this - Return CONUS)

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670105 FN 670722 : 3rd Vietnam war cruise, Tonkin Gulf. 102 line days

670105 GC CVG-5 embarked, Tail code NF

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680718 FN 690303 : 4th Vietnam war cruise. 107 line days

680718 GC CVW-21 embarked, Tail code NP

681202 EK Deploys to Korea coast after provocative No. Korea actions

681224 DD Bob Hope Christmas show off Vietnam

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690802 FN 700415 : 5th Vietnam war & WestPac cruise. 115 line days

690802 GC CVW-21 embarked, Tail code NP

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700629 DL 19 Junior officers submit anti-Vietnam war petition to CO

701022 FN 710602 : 6th Vietnam war cruise. 100 line days

701022 GC CVW-21 embarked, Tail code NP

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711103 GA Carrier qualifications off California coast of VMA 214

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720000 DF 4-color aerial view from starboard, angle deck, Pro 4/73

720107 FN 721003 : 7th Vietnam war & WestPac cruise. 165 line days

720107 GC CVW-21 embarked, Tail code NP

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730000 BD Navy Unit Commendation for a Vietnam cruise, only 2-war award

730000 DJ Report that black tensions border on mutiny, Pro 10/79 p47

730508 FN 740108 : Vietnam (29 line days), Indian Ocean. Arab-Israel war

730508 GC CVW-21 embarked, Tail Code NP

730508 NA Portion of WestPac cruise in Indian Ocean, N. Arabian Sea

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740108 MF Record 8 Vietnam war cruises by a carrier

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750400 FF 751020 : WestPac cruise, aid in Vietnam evacuations

750400 GC CVW-21 embarked, Tail code NP

750429 EH Evacuates planes during Vietnam collapse off Cambodia

750429 ND As helicopter platform aid in Saigon evacuation

750519 ND Off Cambodia as LPH platform during Mayaguez crisis

750630 AO Designated AGMR, major communications relay ship

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760000 DB Ed. The FIGHTING HANNAH, Battery Press, Nashville, 142p

760130 CM Complete list of Commanding Officers in file

760130 IB Final Decommissioning

760131 AL Scrapped, no reserve status

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List courtesy of the late Charles Boyst, 1801 West Bend Ct., Clemmons, NC 27012

Stamp:
Rudolf J. Friederich
1539 Fox Meadow Circle
Knoxvile, TN 37923

Dennis F. Milliken, our XO and Chief Historian has assembled some interesting data of a Historical nature regarding the Hannah, Crew and the Vietnam War. Please visit the XO's Office and the XO's Desk..