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THE LIFE OF CV/CVA-19 - 1944-1976
A Brief History
The aircraft carrier USS HANCOCK CV-19, the third vessel of the United States Navy named in honor of the famed
statesman, John Hancock, was launched on January 24, 1944, at the Bethlehem Steel Company in Quincy, MA. She was
formally accepted into the Navy on 15 April 1944. The carrier was destined for the Pacific Fleet.
Commissioned 15 April 1944 De-commissioned 9 May 1947 Re-designated CVA-19 1 October 1952 Re-commissioned 15
February 1954 First steam catapult installed May 1954 De-commissioned 30 January 1976 Broken up 31 January 1976
and sold for scrap.
WWII - Oct. 10, 1944 to Aug. 15, 1945
Philippines, Iwo Jima, Japan 1944-1945. Damaged by explosion 21 January 1945 Damaged by a Kamikaze 7 April 1945
Awarded Navy Unit Commendation Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Service Medal with five battle stars American Area
Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal Philippine Liberation Campaign Ribbon (two stars) Republic of the Philippines.
Presidential Unit Citation Badge
723 enemy planes destroyed 17 warships sunk 31 merchant ships sunk 10 enemy planes downed by ships guns 221
shipmates either killed or missing in action.
VIETNAM DEPLOYMENT AS CVA-19
12 Vietnam Cruises - (tied with Oriskany CVA-34 for most deployments). Her Last Western Pacific deployment 18
March 1975 - 20 October 1975. Participated in Operation "Eagle Pull" evacuation of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
and Operation "Frequent Wind" evacuation of Saigon, South Vietnam in April 1975.
She was one of last Essex class carriers to operate in the attack role.
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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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