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HANNAH NEWS VOLUME 25 NUMBER 2 CAN DO DO NOW DEC 2013 U.S.S. HANCOCK CV / CVA - 19 ASSOCIATION 3910 Commander Drive DAN COLLERAN, EDITOR Chamblee, GA 30341-1831 hneditor@att.net 14. Regards to All, Max Pate V2 AG 66-70 hneditor@att.net PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Hello Shipmates and Associate Members, Today is Veterans Day 2013 as I start writing the President’s letter. On television and in the news there is much recognition honoring our veterans. I want to personally thank all the Hancock Family for your service and thank you for my freedom. The 2014 Hancock Reunion is just a few months away. The team has worked out the final details for the events and tours. Information is posted in this edition of the Hannah News. We have requested a tour of the Jacksonville Naval Base. This will be confirmed three month prior to the event. Be aware base tours can be canceled due to the operational needs of the military. AFRI, working with the Association team, has selected terrific activities for the reunion. Jacksonville itself offers many places to see. Make your plans to attend. It is hard to believe Christmas is almost here and 2013 is coming to a close. My tenure as your Association President will soon be fulfilled. This has been a great honor for me. The Association Board has worked hard to assure that members stay informed and they help to maintain an excellent Association, one for members to be proud. I and the Board wish each and every member, and family member, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Shipmates, be careful and keep your sea legs under you. I will see everyone in Jacksonville, April 2014. Regards to All! Max Pate V2 A/G 66-70

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ASSOCIATION OFFICERS - 2012-2014 PRESIDENT Thomas M. (Max) Pate * 7912 Terrace Ridge Dr. Temple Terrace, FL 33637 (813) 972-1417 PRESIDENT-ELECT Larry Jones * 1st VICE-PRESIDENT Mike Verville * 2nd VICE-PRESIDENT Tim Mullen *  Denotes Board Member USS HANCOCK SHIP’S STORE MANAGER John Hunter * (714) 898-001 j.hunter3@verizon.net max-pate@tampabay.rr.com ljones95370@hub3.net mverville2005@yahoo.com timcathy_mul@hotmail.com WEBSITE MANAGER Mike Verville * CHAPLAIN Cantor Harold Lew (781) 784-3487 MASTERS-AT-ARMS Clifton Hearn HISTORIAN mverville2005@yahoo.com cantor6@juno.com SECRETARY & MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN Wayne Erven * 7173 Valley Trails Dr. Pleasanton, CA 94588 (925) 462-6877 Oldsalt2@comcast.net TREASURER Donald D. Yeggy * 1129 Tulip Ave. Riverside, IA 52327 (319) 331-1794 Nominations being accepted DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE Leroy Milo * Don Eskesen * dece1968@yahoo.com Larry McCoy * larry_mccoy@msn.com David L. Reineman Reinemandavephyl@aol.com HANNAH NEWS EDITOR EMERITUS Hiram Greer Deceased HANNAH NEWS EDITOR Dan Colleran * hneditor@att.net bdyeggy@gmail.com ASSOCIATION FOUNDER AND USS HANCOCK MEMORIAL PROJECT Ed Orchowski * PAST PRESIDENTS Bill Colleran Walter Aspinwall Leo Caulfield Edmund Orchowski * Charlie Boyst * Richard Hanecak * Benjamin Wechsler Raymond Long * David L. Reineman * Bob Molleston * Joe Bizet James J. Sweeney * Tom Wimberly * Bernard E. Livingston * Wayne Erven * Donald Mettler John Hunter * 1978-80 Deceased 1980-82 Deceased 1982-84 Deceased 1984-86 1986-88 Deceased 1988-90 1990-92 1992-94 1994-96 1996-98 1998-00 Deceased 2000-02 2002-04 2004-06 2006-08 2008-10 2010-12 2

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR I just picked up September 2012 Hannah News which I had laid aside to show my Grandson. The story and pictures of the F7U Cutlass crashing into the port side aft gun tub brought back the memory of that day. I was in charge of the telephone systems and the one on the bulkhead by that gun tub, was not working. My fellow IC man and I had picked up a drill from the electrical shop in order to drill out the bolts, the heads of which had been eaten away by the salt spray. We worked on one bolt for what seemed like forever, getting nowhere fast. With the metal pieces flying into our faces, along with the din of planes landing, and the arresting cable noises, I decided we'd be better of waiting until we returned to port to work on it. Walt Neuman headed back to the shop and as I went down a passage way to get to the IC room, all these sailors were rushing by me carrying cans of foam. As I wondered what was going on, the ‘man overboard’ was sounded. Upon arriving topside to muster on the flight deck, I saw the smoke billowing from the area where moments before we were both standing. Don't know what our fate would've been had we not gone below but I do recall that several shipmates wound up in the drink and several more were burned. Probably the smartest decision I ever made, to call it a day and go below when we did. Submitted by: Charlie Stull E Div. 55-56 Former USS Hancock shipmates, Sue & Al Barr, from Sweetwater, AL, Faith Ann & Bill Fieldhouse, from San Luis Obispo, CA, Carolyn & Pete Leon, from Orange, CA, Ruth Manning, wife of CWO Walt Manning, from Seattle, WA, RuthAnn & Tom Ezop, from Frankenmuth, MI, met in Sioux Falls, SD, home of Donna & Jim Jorgensen, for a mini reunion. It is a tradition started a year after the Seattle, WA Hancock Assoc. reunion. One of our group passed away, and we decided that waiting for the next assoc. reunion was too long a time to not see each other. So, during the odd years, we decided to meet somewhere, either our home towns, or a central location in the USA, So far we have visited each other’s home towns, plus Branson, MO, St. Louis. MO, Baltimore, MD, Catalina Island, and other places. This year we were planning to go to San Antonio, TX, but because of Jim Jorgensen’s health issues, he was unable to travel, so we all decided to have our mini reunion with him & Donna in Sioux Falls. 3

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Jim did the leg work setting up the motel, tours, restaurants, along with help from Donna and daughters Sue, Dawn, & Chris. We went to Watertown, SD to the Terry Redlin art museum, toured Sioux Falls, a Bar-B-Que at daughter Chris’s home, and just took time to be together. We all served on the USS Hancock from 52-58. Barr, Fieldhouse, & Ezop were IC Electricians. Leon was an EM. Jorgensen was a RM2. Walt Manning, was Chief IC, later was a CWO. Missing from the group this time was Charley Stull IC2, & Dot from Mt. Airy, MD, who were unable to travel because of health issues. After 3 days it was time to say our goodbyes, and we all said we will meet again in Jacksonville, FL for the next Hancock reunion. When we went to the 1st New Orleans reunion, it was when we met the Jorgensens. The wife & I said there were a lot of old guys there. We kinda snickered about that. Now when I look around at our group, we are the old guys! What in the hell were we snickering about? Submitted by: Tom Ezop, IC2, 54-58’ 4

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The article “Reflections, From the Flight Deck”, with the picture of the F4U on Hancock’s flight deck in 1945, stirred up memories of a happening in 1945 that is still vivid in my mind some 68 years later. The article tells about the USS Franklin blowing up after being struck by a Japanese Kamikaze plane. At the time I was one of four pilots in a flight of F4U Corsairs which were preparing for takeoff from Hancock on a CAP (Combat Air Patrol) mission. The Hancock was in a formation with the Franklin and several supporting ships. We were strapped into the cockpits of our F4Us with all our gear, just about ready to be launched, when I hear guns on all the ships open up on something high in the sky. I could see the plane they were aiming at. I saw that it was in a steep dive towards the fleet but could not determine whether it was attacking Hancock or Franklin. Just then the voice of our Air Officer came over the radio: “YOU PILOTS! GET OUT OF YOUR PLANES!” After all these years I think that those are his exact words. I can still remember the wild scramble for safety that followed: shutting off the F4U’s engine, unhooking all the straps and connections to the plane, climbing out of the cockpit with a heavy chute and back pack and running to the relative safety of the Hancock’s Island. It was not long before I heard the explosions on the Franklin and knew Hancock had not been hit. I see from our newsletter that there are 181 surviving World War II shipmates from Hancock. I guess T am included in that count and would be happy to be able to read issues of the Hannah News a while longer. Keep up the great work! Submitted by: Gene Bilz, VBF-6, 1945 Lou Gherig said, and I follow, "I am the luckiest guy on earth." Let me explain, I turned 18 in September of 1943, and immediately enlisted in the Navy. Boot camp was in Newport, R.I. After 2 weeks of boot camp, I came down with spinal meningitis - spent three weeks in the Naval hospital - assigned to ships company of the USS Hancock, CV - 19, being completed at the Four River Shipyard, Quincy, MA. I am proud to be a “plankowner” and was on board for the commissioning. The rest of my story parallels the writings of "Bill" Booth, entitled “Reflections From the Flight Deck”, (September 2013 issue) of the Hannah News). My battle station was on the bridge, right next to the OD, reporting to him that all stations were manned and ready. I saw it all and I cried when I read his report. I was discharged in June, 1946 as YEO2/C. Submitted by: Chaplain Harold Lew 5

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He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast, and he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past. Of a war that he once fought in and the deeds that he had done, in his exploits with his buddies; They were heroes, every one. And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors his tales became a joke, all his buddies listened quietly for they knew where of he spoke. But we'll hear his tales no longer, for ol' Joe has passed away, and the world's a little poorer for a Veteran died today. He won't be mourned by many, just his children and his wife. for he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life. He held a job and raised a family, going quietly on his way; and the world won't note his passing, 'tho a Veteran died today. When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state, while thousands note their passing, and proclaim that they were great. Papers tell of their life stories from the time that they were young, but the passing of a Veteran goes unnoticed, and unsung. Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land, some jerk who breaks his promise and cons his fellow man? Or the ordinary fellow who in times of war and strife, goes off to serve his country and offers up his life? The politician's stipend and the style in which he lives, are often disproportionate, to the service that he gives. While the ordinary Veteran, who offered up his all, is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small. It is not the politicians with their compromise and ploys, who won for us the freedom that our country now enjoys. Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand, would you really want some cop-out, with his ever-waffling stand? Or would you want a Veteran his home, his country, his kin, just a common Veteran, who would fight until the end. He was just a common Veteran, and his ranks are growing thin, but his presence should remind us we may need his likes again. For when countries are in conflict, we find the Veteran's part, is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start. If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise, then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days. Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say: "OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, A VETERAN DIED TODAY." Author Unknown Submitted by: "Pat” Behrbaum NEVER FORGET THE VET 6

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MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN’S NOTES Welcome Aboard 17 NEW LISTINGS (Including reinstatements) as of 15 November 2013 Life Member No. 594 Abernathy, Gene, CWO3, USN, Ret (Tina) CR (RMC), 69-70 6812 Corte De Flores Pleasanton, CA 94566 925/484-4515 alnavy@earthlink.net Adame, Louie (Billye) V-1 (Fly 3), 63-67 6700 Eskride Way Elk Grove, CA 95758 916/647-9944 louieadame@mac.com Allen, Dennis V-2 (Cats) (ABE3), 63-67 1115 Chester St Cleburne, TX 76033-8752 817/965-5395 dennisallen1945@yahoo.com Bleakney, Paul W. V-4 (AN), 67-68 5024 Cannon Bluff Dr Lake Ridge, VA 22192-5357 703/583-1518 pbleakams@aol.com Burson, Barry L. OE (ETN3), 68-70 173 Highland Dr Rossville, GA 30741 706/820-91192 barrybrsn@gmail.com DeCrane, Ed (Laurie) R (HTFN), 71-75 1104 E 19th St Sterling, IL 61081 815/632-33834 eddie53.ed@gmail.com Reinstatement Dougan, Jerry G. (Marcia) (OP) AIO (IS3), 70-73 6346 Lakeview Dr Fremont, MI 49412 231/924-4654 jdougan3@hotmail.com Fuller, Mike (AM) 21066 Rosedown Dr Livingston, LA 70754 Greiner, Don VA-164 (TAD S6) (AK3), 68-70 1137 Walnut St Monaca, PA 15061 724/775-7321 donpar4@verizon.net Heffernan, Dell (Sandy) R (E4), 61-63 240l 108th Lane NE Apt 419 612/840-5731 sferkingstad@hotmail.com Housel, Donald J. VA-55, 71-75 46 North 9th St Easton, PA 18042 610/559-5506 Jackson, Dennis M. (Jolly) V-4/V-6 (ADR3), 64-66 112 Clover Dr Colona, IL 61241-9631 309/738-2161 jackson523416@mchsi.com Mahanna, Perry L. B/S-2 (FN/SN), 71-73 2405 Chickering Rd Cleburne, TX 76031-7779 7

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Reinstatement Waddell, Carl (Gina) V-2, 70-71 54 Hudson Dr Freeport, DFL 32439 256/412-1779 carlwaddell@yahoo.com Reinstatement Welborn, Bobby D. (Terri) OP (PH2), 72-75 PO Box 80475 Midland, TX 79708 432/638-7601 bdwelborn5304@aol.com Wilkowski, Robert A. (Wretha) R (HT3), 74-75 71 SE Cabana Ave Shelton, WA 98585-9209 360/427-8155 wilkowski@juno.com Whitby, Janis (AM) Dau of Darrell Heib, S1c, 44-46 (Plankowner) 2034 Greenbriar Rd Valley Springs, CA 95252 209/772-2635 janiswhitby10@yahoo.com ADDRESS CHANGES Cox, Kevin O. 1712 Poppy Way Antioch, CA 94509-1330 LaFever, Marion 11805 Chatfield Huntley, IL 60142 Milo, Leroy 1600 S. Valley View Blvd #1148 Las Vegas, NV 89102-1874 Ramos, Joe 825 Bayshore Dr Apt 704 Pensacola, FL 32507-3465 Scott, David M. PO Box 74. Alma, IL 62807 Weiss, William 4657 Larkwood Virginia Beach, VA 23464 Woods, George 14777 Palm Dr #32 Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240-6817 NEW PHONE NUMBERS Bourland, Dexter 314/631-8940 314/630-8047C Byrd, Ronnie 501/517-6010 Campbell, John 850/708-1632 443/253-2250C Cerbini, Charles 845/661-2029 Conn, Roger 740/286-3012 740/701-8098C Gregory, Robert 812/877-0395 Hermeling, Lawrence 314/517-2300 LaFever, Marion 847/515-2493 Lothamer, Steven 260/357-8577 Manzagol, Thomas 678/540-2964 770/891-5316C Milo, Leroy 702/870-5673 Pearsall, David 281/332-4849 832/677-1540 Sampson , John S. 404/368-6094 Thibidau, Dennis 530/306-9028 Wald, Richard 352/751-6073 Woods, George 760/251-1836 707/295-9514C 8

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USS HANCOCK ASSOCIATION 2014 ACTIVITY REGISTRATION FORM Listed below are all registration, tour, and meal costs for the reunion. Please enter how many people will be participating i n each event and total the amount. Send that amount, payable to ARMED FORCES REUNIONS, INC. in the form of check or money order. Your cancelled check will serve as your confirmation. Returned checks will be charged a $20 fee. You may also register online and pay by credit card at www.afr-rea.com/USSHancock2014.. All registration forms and payments must be received by mail on or before March 26, 2014. After that date, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis. All new registrations accepted at the reunion will be charged a $10 onsite processing fee. We suggest you make a copy of this form before mailing. Please do not staple or tape your payment to this form. to thi AFRI OFFICE USE ONLY Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. 322 Madison Mews Norfolk, VA 23510 ATTN: USS HANCOCK Check #________ Date Recvd____/____/____ Inputted________ Nametag Completed_____ Per # of CUT-OFF DATE IS 03/26/2014 TOURS For refunds and cancellations please refer to our policies outlined at the bottom of the reunion program. CANCELLATIONS WILL ONLY BE TAKEN MONDAY-FRIDAY Person People TOTAL THUR 4/24: ST. AUGUSTINE TOUR THUR 4/24: ORANGE PARK DOG RACES AND DINNER $ $ 69 54 66 67 53 FRI 4/25: CITY TOUR & NAVAL STATION MAYPORT $ FRI 4/25: DINNER CRUISE SAT 4/26: AMELIA ISLAND SHOPPING TOUR $ $ MEAL SUN 4/27: BANQUET DINNER Please select our entrée Beef Chicken Vegetarian MANDATORY REGISTRATION FEE PER PERSON Includes hospitality expenses and administration expenses. 9:00am-5:00pm EASTERN TIME (excluding holidays). $ $ $ 55 50 45 Call (757) 625-6401 to cancel reunion activities and obtain a cancellation code. Refunds processed 4-6 weeks after the reunion. Registration fee per person if postmarked on or before 3-26-2014 Registration fee per person if postmarked after 4-01-2014 Registration fee per GUEST of member attending BANQUET ONLY TOTAL AMOUNT PAYABLE TO Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. $ $ $ 25 35 15 $ PLEASE PRINT NAME AS YOU WOULD LIKE IT TO APPEAR ON YOUR HANCOCK REUNION NAME TAG FIRST LAST_______________________________________ SPOUSE NAME (IF ATTENDING) I GUEST NAME(S) __________________________ I _______________________________________________________ STREET ADDRESS__________________________________________________________________________ FIRST TIME ATTENDEE? Yes / No YEARS ABOARD: 19____ TO 19_____ DIVISION/SQUADRON _______________ CITY, STATE, ZIP ___________________________________________________________________ PHONE # ( ) _______--__________ EMAIL ADDRESS__________________________________ DISABILITY/DIETARY RESTRICTIONS (Sleeping room requirements must be conveyed by attendee directly with hotel) MUST YOU BE LIFTED HYDRAULICALLY ONTO THE BUS WHILE SEATED IN YOUR WHEELCHAIR IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN BUS TRIPS? Yes / No (Please note that we cannot guarantee availability.) ARRIVAL DATE________________________ DEPARTURE DATE ___________________________ ARE YOU STAYING AT THE HOTEL? Yes / No ARE YOU FLYING?___ DRIVING?___ RV?___ 9 REGISTER ONLINE AND PAY BY CREDIT CARD! www.afr-reg.com/USSHancock2014

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USS HANCOCK CV/CVA-19 ASSOCIATION REUNION APRIL 23-27, 2014 HYATT REGENCY JACKSONVILLE RIVERFRONT Wednesday April 23 2:00pm 2:00pm 7:00pm Reunion Registration open Hospitality Room opens & remains open for the duration of the reunion Evening on your own Thursday 7:00am 9:00am 3:00pm 6:30pm April 24 - 8:30am - 3:00pm - 5:00pm - 10:00pm Reunion Registration open ***ST. AUGUSTINE TOUR (description follows) Reunion Registration ***ORANGE PARK DOG RACES Evening on your own Friday 8:00am 9:30am 4:30pm 5:30pm - April 25 9:00am 2:30pm 6:30pm 8:00pm Reunion Registration open *** CITY TOUR/MAYPORT BASE TOUR (description follows) Reunion Registration open. Additional hours will be posted if necessary. ***DINNER CRUISE (description follows) Saturday 10:00am 5:00pm - April 26 3:00pm 5:30pm ***AMELIA ISLAND SHOPPING TOUR (description follows) Banquet Table Reservation Sheets will be collected at Reunion Registration Desk. Evening on your own. Sunday 8:30am 11:00am 1:30pm 6:00pm 7:00pm April 27 - 11:00am - 12:00pm - 3:30pm - 7:00pm - 11:00pm Board of Directors Meeting Memorial Service Membership Meeting Social Hour with Cash Bar Banquet Dinner Monday April 28 Farewells and Departures REGISTER ONLINE AND PAY BY CREDIT CARD! www.afr-reg.com/USSHancock2014 CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY FOR ARMED FORCES REUNIONS, INC. For attendees canceling reunion activities prior to the cut-off date, Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. (AFR) shall process a full refund less the non-refundable AFR registration fee ($7 per person). Attendees canceling reunion activities after the cut-off date will be refunded to the fullest extent that AFR’s vendor commitments and guarantees will allow, less the non-refundable AFR registration fee. Cancellations will only be taken Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time, excluding holidays. Please call (757) 625-6401 to cancel reunion activities and obtain a cancellation code. Refunds processed 4-6 weeks after reunion. Canceling your hotel reservation does not cancel your reunion activities. 10

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TOUR DESCRIPTIONS ST. AUGUSTINE TOUR = Thursday, April 24 = Aboard trolleys, learn how St. Augustine became the “Oldest Continuously Occupied City in the United States.” Enjoy stories of Magnolia Street, known as one of the most beautiful streets in America. You will hear of Henry Flagler and his three wives and have time to tour many of the buildings that Henry had built. Marvel at the Spanish architecture and many historical sites, including a tour of the Old Jail. Stroll down the restored St. George Street, lined with quaint shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Enjoy free time on your own for shopping and lunch before returning to Jacksonville. 9:00am board bus, 3:30pm back at hotel $69 /Person includes bus, escort, guided trolley tour, and admission. Lunch on your own. ORANGE PARK DOG RACES = Thursday, April 24 = Enjoy a night at the races at Orange Park! We’ll enjoy live greyhound racing from the comfort of the climate-controlled clubhouse. The evening includes races, a buffet dinner, official race program and tip sheet, a race named in honor of the USS Hancock Assn, a photo of the group in the winner’s circle, and a wagering class. A truly fun event that is unique, too!! 6:30pm board bus, 10:00pm back at hotel $54 /Person includes bus, escort, dinner, and admission CITY TOUR / NAVAL STATION MAYPORT = Friday, April 25 = Begin your tour of the “River City” with Jacksonville’s metropolitan area. Drive by the Alltel Stadium, home to the Jacksonville Jaguars; The Memorial Wall; the Florida Theater; Times Union Center for the Performing Arts; and other notable sites. Hear stories of Jacksonville’s early inhabitants, the Timuquan. The Riverside/Avondale residential areas showcase Jacksonville’s finest homes, including the Park Lane Apartments – Florida’s first condos! Then it’s on to Naval Station Mayport, home to a busy seaport (including the Navy’s 4th Fleet) as well as an air facility. Naval Station Mayport covers 3,409 acres and is the third largest Naval Facility in the continental United States. As a major Surface and Air Warfare organization, Mayport remains dedicated to providing “The Finest Service to the Finest Fleet.” Lunch will be held at Ocean Breeze Conference Center, formerly the Officer's Club. Following lunch, if permitted, tour an active Navy ship. If a ship tour isn’t available, time will be allowed at the NEX. Note: If for any reason the Naval Base is closed to the public (ie: security issues), the tour length will be shortened, but refunds can’t be issued. Due to heightened security, participants may be searched and a photo ID is required. 9:00am board bus, 3:00pm back at hotel $66 /Person includes bus and guide. Lunch on your own. DINNER CRUISE ON THE ST. JOHN RIVER = Friday, April 25 = Gather in the lobby and walk as a group to the dock just one block from the hotel. View the entire city sky line as you cruise aboard the Jacksonville Lady on the beautiful ‘north flowing’ St. Johns River. Enjoy a two hour cruise featuring a two entrée buffet dinner. After dinner enjoy a stroll and the fresh air on the outdoor decks. Maximum capacity of 115 people, so sign up early! 5:30pm meet in lobby for 6pm cruise departure, 8:00pm disembark $67/Person includes dinner cruise. **Please note – there is no transportation provided. Guests must walk on their own approximately one city block** AMELIA ISLAND SHOPPING TOUR = Saturday, April 26 = Amelia Island is a treasure trove of history, heritage, and attractions. With 400+ years of recorded history under eight flags, this island is an especially historical place that, "The French visited, the Spanish developed, the English named, and the Americans tamed." Eight flags flown over the island in its long history. Time will be allowed at the Amelia Island Museum of History, and then free time to walk around historic Fernandina Beach for shopping, lunch on your own, and enjoying the history. 10:00am board bus, 3:00pm back at hotel $53 /Person includes bus, guide, and admission. Lunch on your own. Driver and guide gratuities are not included in the tour prices. Please plan to be at the bus boarding area at least five minutes prior to the scheduled time. All trips require a minimum of thirty-five people, unless otherwise stated. 11

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HYATT REGENCY JACKSONVILLE RIVERFRONT – JACKSONVILLE, FL (888) 421-1442 OR (402) 592-6464 https://resweb.passkey.com/go/USSHancockReunion Location 225 E Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202 Located in downtown Jacksonville, situated on a riverfront boardwalk Reservation Information Call the number above and please reference the USS Hancock Reunion or reserve online at website above Group Name: USS Hancock CV/CVA-19 Association Reunion Dates: April 23-28, 2014 Rate: $114 + tax (currently 14.14%) Single/Double Occupancy with Breakfast included in rate. $104 + tax (currently 14.14%) Single/Double Occupancy without breakfast included Cut off Date: 03/26/14. Late reservations will be processed based on space availability at a higher rate. Cancellation Policy: Must call 24 hours prior to scheduled arrival date to cancel reservations to avoid being charged 1 night’s room + tax. Parking & Shuttle Information Gator City Taxi and GO Airport Shuttle offers transportation to and from the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). GO Airport Shuttle is a shared ride service and currently one way is $20 for one passenger and $8 for each additional passenger in the party. GO Airport Shuttle is located outside of Baggage Claim B at their shuttle kiosk. Gator City Taxi is currently one way $37 for 1-2 passengers and $8 for each additional passenger in the party. The Gator City Taxi kiosk is located outside of Baggage Claim A when you arrive at the airport. If you would like you can make reservations at www.goairportshuttle.com/city/ycf1 Wheelchair Rental ScootAround rents both manual and power wheelchairs by the day and week. call (888) 441-7575 for details. Driving from Jacksonville International Airport to Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront 1. Head south toward Dixie Clipper Dr 2. Continue straight onto Dixie Clipper Dr 3. Slight left to stay on Dixie Clipper Dr 4. Continue onto Airport Rd 5. Merge onto I-95 S via the ramp to Jacksonville 6. Take exit 353A for Church St toward Myrtle Ave/Forsyth St 7. Turn right onto Church St W 8. Take the 2nd right onto Eaverson St 9. Turn right onto W Beaver St 10. Turn right onto Main St N 11. Turn left onto E Forsyth St 12. Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto Newnan St 0.2 mi 0.8 mi 0.3 mi 1.2 mi 10.8 mi 0.1 mi DRIVING TIPS [Interstate 95 runs north/south through Jacksonville: Interstate 10 runs east/west through Jacksonville; I-295 Makes a loop around Jacksonville; J. Turner Butler (JTB) provides an easy trek to the running east/west to and from Jacksonville and the beaches; I-75 is beach nearby and provides additional interstate connections. 315 ft 0.1 mi 1.0 mi 0.3 mi 0.1 mi 0.2 mi 12

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NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES Briggs, Chuck cdbriggs@q.com Campbell, John P. jcampbell105@msn.com Clark, Glenn bgclark@breesnan.net Cox, Kevin kevin_away@yahoo.com Edwards, James MD jedwards3798@gmail.com Foster, Thomas carrington_builders@comcast.net Frutiger, Keith keith.frutiger@frontier.com Gallery, Jim misterjimgee@hotmail.com Hunt, William billhunt2012@hotmail.com Iwasyk, Warren wiwasyk@outlook.com Lauve, Henry the2lauves@cableone.net Lindstrom, Edward cecbee@aol.com Malone, Bill watertight48@icloud.com McChristian, Dahl "Mac" delmarc3corvettes@comcast.net O'Brien, Robert sobrien@bellsouth.net Oreskovich, Gordon goreskovich@yahoo.com Probasco, Eugene eprobasco2@cox.net Qvistgaard, Larry qvendr@gmail.com Sampson, John S. johnssampson42@yahoo.com Schiermeyer, Clyde judy.cotton@gmail.com Schmidt, Donald E. dschmidt2@q.com Schulman, Jerry jeromeschulman@att.net Sloan, Al alsloan1@comcast.net Spiker, Frank "Rusty" rspiker2@yahoo.com Taff, Thomas thomastaff@art.net Tutalak, Henry P. tuttut123@att.net Underwood, Robert nannyof216@verizon.net Workman, Harold "Phil" neon1957@comcast.net Weisgarber, Robert L. rlweiss@sss.net Wilson, George "Joe" joewysthevolcano@gmail.com CAN DO DO NOW NEW LIFE MEMBERS The following Life Memberships have been added since the September 2013 Hannah News. They will never pay dues again. See Page 19 for additional information. 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 Hansen, Robert Abernathy, Gene Kneeland, Norman O'Brien, Robert Burkett, Donald Hunt, William Folgate, Jules Russell, Jon 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 Doty, Lee Smith, Huey Norman, Thomas Byrd, Ronnie Andrews, Arthur Taff, Thomas Paveza, Lawrence Ronald Bennett 13

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TAPS WE SALUTE THESE DEPARTED SHIPMATES AND LOVED ONES Member Frank D. Bachman, LCDR, VF-211, 70-72, died 1 August 2013. Reported by CAPT Tom Wimberly Life Member No. 3 Charles Boyst, V-3 Division, Plankowner, 44-45, Association President 86-88, died 19 September 2013. Notified by wife Dottie Member Charles P. Bradley, S1c, 43-46, Plankowner, V-1 Division, died 28 August 2013. Reported by wife. Member Robert E. Burnside, Div unknown, WWII, died 2 January 2012. Reported by wife Beverly. Life Member No. 435 Albert M. Garrett, Jr., M Division, 53-56, died 18 August 2013. Notified by son. Shipmate Robert W. Kief, 7th Division Plankowner, 44-45, died 19 October 2013. Notified by Don Eskesen. Life Member No. 478 Francis LaFever, RD2, V-4 Division, Plankowner, 43-45, died 21 September 2013. Notified by Daughter. Shipmate Gerald L. Morris, RM, CR Division, 54-56, died October 25, 2011. Reported by son Kelan. Life Member No. 86 James D. Paravantes, V-3 Division, 44-46, died July 20, 2013. Reported by wife Sally. Shipmate Ellis R. Parkins, M Division, 74-76, died 22 April 2012. Reported by Terry Mignerey Member George Tyree, ABH1, V-1/V-3 Divisions, 64-67, died April 30, 2013. Notified by wife Colleen. 185 SURVIVING WORLD WAR II SHIPMATES as of 15 November 2013 14

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REMEMBER…. Our web site, www.usshancockassociation.org, and the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/groups/128667737214096/ are mediums the Association uses to exchange and share information with shipmates and friends of HANCOCK. MEMBERSHIP DATA IN THIS NEWSLETTER: Provided by Wayne Erven USS HANCOCK/USS INTREPID Joint Reunion New England Cruise 2014 The last two cruises were a big success, and many people have asked where we would be going on the next one. After looking at the large number of cruises going virtually everywhere in the world, I have come up with one that is a great deal. Royal Caribbean offers a 9 day roundtrip from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, going to Portland ME; Bar Harbor ME; Halifax, Nova Scotia; St John, New Brunswick; Boston, and back to New Jersey. This would be on the EXPLORER OF THE SEAS. Sailing would be on September 11th 2014, returning on September 20th. For those with internet access, you can check out the ship at www.royalcaribbean.com. Those without internet, I can provide printed information. Standard fares start at (per person) $629 for Interior, $999 for outside, and $l,399 for Balcony, which may be reduced for a military fare, or group rate depending on the number of passengers. If you are interested in getting more detailed information, please contact Wayne Erven at: Email: oldsalt@comcast.net, Tel: 926 462-6877 or Snail mail: 7173 Valley Trails Dr Pleasanton, CA 94588 15

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