Were you known as "MAC" while serving in Hancock?

Did you lose your Hancock Zippo lighter which has the inscription MAC on it?

Were you on a flight and loaned your lighter to a fellow passenger
and never got it back? Is this your Zippo? If so, click the Lighter for more Info!
Inscribed on the reverse is the following...





Mac's  Zippo Lighter

The original Picture is currently unavailable
pictured is
Tony Rucker's Baby Zippo

(This time could have been in 1963 when we were involved
in a Joint Military maneuver with South Korea called, Operation "Nightmare")




Recently, I received an Email from Charlie Boyst, Association Member and WWII Hancock Veteran, answering a question I had about Senator John McCain's involvment with the Hancock, during the Vietnam war. Here is what he sent me:

"The John S. McCain who was Flag of Task Group 18.1 and had his Flag on the Hancock was a Vice Admiral and was the grandfather of Senator John McCain. In fact, there were three John McCains in the Navy:

1) Vice Admiral John S. McCain who had the Hancock as his Flag ship in WWII. (See the Hancock picture of him in the pacific; he was about 65 then.)

2) Adirmal (Four Star) John McCain (son of the above) who was Commander-in-Chief Pacific during Vietnam.

3) Senator John McCain is the son of the Four Star Admiral and grandson of the "Hancock" McCain."

Later, Charlie sent me an interesting bit of trivia, about another "Hancock" which I did not know about...

"Jake, did you know about the following info on the steamboat "Hancock"? My wife's (Dottie's) great great grandfather owned this Hancock. The following paragraph is taken from River Highway for Trade, the Savannah by Ruby A. Rahn, published in 1968 by the US Army Engineer District, Savannah Corps of Engineers, Savannah, Georgia:

"Steamboat Hancock"

"The HANCOCK, built in Freedom, Pa., in 1849, had side paddle wheels, and was 152 tons. She ran between Savannah and Augusta from 1849 until September 1852. In September 1853, she went to Florida and was there until abandoned in 1855."


"January 9, 1851. The steamer HANCOCK, Captain Murray, arrived on Tuesday evening from Augusta making the trip in 16 hours running time. She brought about 40 passengers some 25 of whom are ministers of the Methodist church, who visit our city, to attend the Conference now in session."

~ Very interesting to know of this steamship, and the Yeoman will add this tid-bit to the "Other Hancocks" page. ~ Thank you Charlie Boyst for this!

Part of Hannah Lives on

Subj: Re: Jake's 'Yankee Station'
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2000 1:02:05 PM Eastern Standard Time
Bruce & Elaine Boland <>
To: (Jake Jaccard)

Hello Jake...

I was the XO/CO of VF-24 (F8 Crusaders) embarked in Hancock 1969-1971 and the Operations officer of the Ship in 1972-74. I am most proud of my time in Hancock and it's great accomplishments. I noticed on the Website and in the letter from William Johnson (December 2000
Hannah News-new member) the reference to Hancock being gone and at the bottom of the Pacific
. Perhaps many of our members do not know that the Naval Aviation display in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. is the bridge, conning station and chart house from Hancock.

Additionally the Pri-fly exhibit comes from Hancock as well. So don't despair we can always get a little bit of Hannah whenever we are in Washington. For those that haven't seen the Naval Aviation displays in our Nation's Museum I can most highly recommend them.

It was sad to see Hannah broken up for scrap. In 1977 I had my first Ship (USS Durham KA-114) in overhaul at the Long Beach Naval Ship yard and by chance I was motoring around the back waters of Long Beech harbor in my gig when I came upon what was left of Hancock. I got to know the foreman in charge of the commercial outfit that was breaking her up and toured him all over the lower decks and told him of the history of the ship and what she had accomplished. In return he gave me a very nice plaque from the original flight deck planking that was underneath all the steel and aluminum that had subsequently been added as the aircraft increased in weight and landing speed. Great memories.

Thanks for the great website and to Hiram for "Hannah News"

Happy Holidays to all our shipmates.

Bruce R.Boland
Rear Admiral USN (ret)
San Diego California

The person who mentioned that Hannah had been sunk was misinformed: Hannah was dispatched for scrap and not sunk as some ships were, used as Naval targets.

Along the same lines...

Recently a Hancock Shipmate, James "Jim" R. Barbour, sent the Yeoman Email that should be of interest to all those who served in the Navy, and more particularly, those who served in Hancock:

"Hi Jake, stumbled across this info and thought of our ship immediately...very surprised, shipmate...Jim B.

"...As part of the casting process, the bronze for The Lone Sailor was mixed with artifacts from eight U. S. Navy ships...The ships span the Navy's history...Constitution (``Old Ironsides'') and Constellation; the steamer Hartford, flagship of Admiral David G. Farragut in the Civil War era; the battleship USS Maine; the iron-hulled steamer/sailing ship USS Ranger; the World War II-era cruiser USS Biloxi and aircraft carrier USS Hancock, and the nuclear-powered submarine USS Seawolf..." To see complete write-up click button."

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