The USS Hancock Comes to Rest after 31 years
Decommissioning - 30 January 1976
A Proud - but Sad Crew says Good-Bye to a Proud Lady
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The following news clip photo was taken from Sunday, February 3, 1976 Washington Post
The National Ensign is stricken for the last time on the Fighting Hannah
Text: Out of Service - Marine Corps Sgt. David Schneider, left, and Capt. Arnold N. Manella take down
the ensign on the stern of the flight deck of the USS Hancock as the 31-year-old aircraft carrier is decommissioned
at the Naval Air Station at Alameda, Calif. The Hancock was commissioned during World War II on April 13, 1944,
in Quincy, Mass. In the right background is the superstructure of the carrier USS Enterprise.
This is Hannah as she was tied up at Terminal Island Annex Long Beach, California 1976 - After the end of the
Vietnam War Awaiting her fate. Unfortunately she was stricken from the Naval List and sold for Scrap.
Picture courtesy of Mike Donegan of 'NavyDaze' Website now MIA
If anyone knows of the whereabouts of Mike or his website, Ring Jake's Bell.
Perhaps the very last view of her for many of us
A Sad Ending
The USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19) was 31 years old when she was decommissioned on 30 MAR 76 at Terminal Island Annex,
Long Beach, California. She was commissioned 15 April 1944, and was one of the oldest Aircraft Carriers still active
with the Fleet during the Vietnam war, and though, for her size (45,000 tons) and her age, she proved herself quite
capable in the modern Navy of the Vietnam Era, and won many campaign Ribbons and Awards which can be found Here. Many of us feel that she should have been
saved to become a Naval Ship Museum, like the YORKTOWN CV-10, but the national sentiment after the end of the Vietnam
conflict was in no way willing to save a Warship and she was very 'tired' and some of us feel she should have been
sunk rather than end up in Japan as scrap metal, the very country that she fought so valiantly to gain the victory
over in WWII. The best of the USS Hancock is still alive in our collective mind and memories. This Association's
desire is to keep the memories alive through a solid Association of former crewmembers who hold regular reunions
every two years. For information in current Reunion information, please see our Reunion
For Association Membership, please visit our Membership Page, and consider
joining with us.
Addional Interesting USS Hancock History
Return to USS Hancock Main History Page
A Brief History of the USS Hancock CV/CVA-19
USS Hancock History Over-View Page
The USS Hancock WWII War Record
WWII Deployment History
The "High Cost of WWII
The Hancock Awards
The Hannah's Specs
USS Hancock Patch History
Navy Jargon - Terminology and NavSpeak
Post Recommissioning Deployment History
Vietnam War Deployment History
Decommissioning Ceremony - 1976
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