HANCOCK'S LOSSES AFTER RECOMMISSIONING

Men who gave their lives in the service of their country while assigned to or flying from USS HANCOCK subsequent to her recommissioning 15 Feb 1954 are listed below. The principal sources of the names were the cruise books published over the years. HANCOCK casualties from WWII, and some of the below casualties from the Vietnam era, are listed on the magnificent brass plaque aboard YORKTOWN at Patriots Point, Charleston, SC. That plaque is depicted elsewhere in the Hancock History Book.

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1955-56 Cruise: Aug 55 - Mar 56

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1957 Cruise: Apr 57 - Sep 57

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1958 Cruise: Feb 58 - Oct 58

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1959-60 Cruise: Aug 59 - Jan 60

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1960-61 Cruise: Aug 60 - Mar 61

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1962 Cruise: Feb 62 - Aug 62

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1963-64 Cruise: Jun 63 - Jan 64

!!No deaths were listed in this cruisebook!!
Yeoman's Note: This is a tragedy because your Yeoman was on this Cruise, and he knows for a fact that at least two (2) Pilots lost their lives and a total of 7 Crew members gave their lives, WestPac '63! I am trying to find out more information on these casualties. If you have any information on these casualties, please sound off!

Note from Jake: Since I have posted the above in RED, I have received some pretty awesome returns where I have received some names. I will post the names here and the returns from interested parties I'll leave on a Separate Page for your perusal. To all who will continue to bless us with information on 'Project Remembrance', I would like to say a hearty thanks in behalf of all of us who served in HANCOCK and most importantly for those who gave their lives. It is said when we remember the dead, they are never really dead 'just away' - keep remembering them Shipmates!

1963-64 Cruise: Jun 63 - Jan 64

The following names are placed here but it must be understood that the names are supplied must remain in the area of conjecture since they were supplied by individuals and not from any Cruise Book...

A burial at Sea of Lt. Felton from VFP-63 who crashed on the fantail during our ORI in Hawaii - WestPac1963
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Note from Jake: This picture is of Lt. Donald John Meyer's Burial at-Sea - the Yeoman snapped the photo as they were about to tip the portage and ease his body into the sea. Lt Meyer was buried at sea with full military honors, while the entire crew stood at attention. His wife who remained at home, had given her approval of this Funeral for her husband, knowing it was the way he would have wanted it.

After the honor guard had fired the last salute, and as the bugler had sounded "Taps," the National Ensign covering Lt. Meyer's remains moved slightly, as the portage was tilted sea-ward by six of his fellow Officers, and Lt. Meyer's remains gently slid from under the Flag. As the passing seas received his remains, a quiet peaceful yet somber mood fell on everyone gathered there on the flight deck as his shipmates bid him farewell. It was a Naval tradition since nations have had Navies and it seemed possible that those present felt the loss not only for Lt. Meyer, but for all those who have been lost who served aboard our ship or flew from her deck. Rest in Peace, shipmate! You are not forgotten.

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1964-65 Cruise: Oct 64 - May 65

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1965-66 Cruise: Nov 65 - Aug 66

Other References to this casualty are located on this site at:

Dan Blevin's Memorial - in our Oral History Section
This Website's USS Hancock Air Group/Pilots Casualties Page
The LT_John_R_McDonough Casualty Threaded Email Page

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1967 Cruise: Jan 67 - Jul 67

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1968-69 Cruise: Jul 68 - Mar 69

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1969-70 Cruise: Aug 69 - Apr 70

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1970-71 Cruise: Oct 70 - Jun 71

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1972 Cruise: Jan 72 - Oct 72

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1973-74 Cruise: May 73 - Jan 74

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1975 Cruise: Apr 75 - Oct 75